Thursday, April 26, 2012

Extended detention worries Cuban dissidents

Extended detention worries Cuban dissidents
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
(04-25) 13:55 PDT HAVANA, Cuba (AP)

Cuban dissidents are expressing increasing concern about the detention
of a man who was part of an earlier release of prisoners negotiated by
the Roman Catholic Church.

De facto dissident spokesman Elizardo Sanchez said Wednesday that Jose
Daniel Ferrer has been jailed since April 2 in the eastern city of
Santiago for unexplained reasons.

Ferrer was among dozens of political prisoners freed last year under a
deal with the church. Most went abroad, but Ferrer and some others stayed.

Several have been detained briefly since their release, but none for as
long as Ferrer and Sanchez says he's "very concerned" about his
continued detention after three weeks.

Now 41, Ferrer was among 75 prominent intellectuals, opposition leaders
and activists arrested in 2003 on charges including treason. They deny
the allegations

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