August 25, 1997
Roberto González Tibanear to be sentenced to five years
By: Alexis Gainza Solenzal
From "Our Cuba" editorial
This early morning (08/21/97) I received a telegram sent from Havana
Arnaldo González, the father of Roberto González Tibanear.
Gonzalez Tibanear was deported from Sweden in March of 1996, back to Cuba.
has been in prison for the last eight months.
Some case history of Roberto González Tibanear has been
distributed by CubaNet (6-19-97), as well as by the Cuban Concilio Support
(Headline of 06-27-97). Also check in the same issue under sections
of our Contributors" and "Letters from Cuba."
We need to add that, Roberto González Tibanear has been
by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience. This prestigious
international organization is now launching a campaign to pursue his
release. In the considerations leading to explain their efforts, not only
Castro's government is the target of severe criticism, but the Swedish
government as well, for having violated the principle of
This is to return a refugee to a non secure country. The Swedish
continue to deny having acted in any reprehensible manner by deporting Mr.
Tibanear back to the island.
The above captioned telegram was received yesterday at the Swedish
telegraphic company Telia at 22:46. Its contents pray as follows:
"ALEXIS, TRIAL ABRIDGED. DEFENSE GRANTED ONLY 48 HOURS. STATE
ATTORNEY ASKING FIVE YEARS SENTENCE. CHARGES SWITCHED TO 'INSTIGATION TO
"AND "CONTEMPT." WE URGE YOU SEND CASSETTE OF HIS
Once more, the Cuban authorities display the usual capricious nature
their judicial process. It seems that Roberto Gonzalez Tibanear is facing
summary judgement. The 48-hour preparation limit imposed on the defense
for the case, greatly impairs its ability to fulfill his duty. On the
it assures the opposite. A habitual operating procedure of the Cuban
praxises. Has it always happens the State is demanding a five-year prison
for our countryman for openly indicting the real culprit of our country's
disgrace, Leader Maximus, Commandant in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz. The
of his image permeates every sphere of our society and specially our legal
The Cuban exile in Sweden will dedicate itself to widely proclaim this
violation to the most elementary Human Rights in Cuba. We will do
within our reach, to confront the proper authorities, and specially the
immigration minister Mr. Pierre Schori, so that he will use every
resource to stop this new atrocity of the Caribbean Gulag.
Stockholm, August 21, 1997.