Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dr. Darsi Ferrer on Hunger Strike

Darsi began a hunger strike today, 13 October 2009, in protest against the arbitrariness of the Cuban government, which has unjustly imprisoned breaking your own laws in the country.

He is accused of abetting the alleged crime of which by its nature falls into the category of summary criminal proceedings, which is equivalent to that should have held the trial in less than 20 days after being charged, given the low hazard of crime and the low level of personal items occupied.

Three months ago that the prosecution was applied as a precautionary measure custody, regardless of the criminal procedure law provides that pretrial detention is only applicable when the offense is alarmed, has high incidence in the territory, or there is suspicion that the defendant intended to evade justice. None of these conditions are satisfied in the case of Darsi.

The defense lawyer urged a change of contract measure Darsi from the 16th of September 2009 and has received no response to date, however, the criminal procedure law clearly specifies that the prosecution has an obligation to respond to proposals measuring changes in a period of 5 days.

The Criminal Procedure Law provides that the pretrial phase of the case of the accused is done in the shortest possible time, and determines a maximum term limit of 60 days for delivery to the Court, extended only in cases very well justified. After 78 days the record still keep him in training Darsi although there is nothing to investigate and it is unknown when they returned to Court for ending of prosecution, which has no justification.

Moreover, his treatment in prison Darsi is discriminatory, which worsened after the newspaper El Nuevo Herald, published its report "Inside the Valle Grande prison, which puts their safety at greater risk within the prison, as the repressive apparatus of state security rather than punish the officials and guards reported for committing serious crimes in jail, to harass control prisoners they relate to Darsi or simply be approached. They have already punished for that reason inmates Eliecer Fuentes, Alejandro Gainza, Delfin Gonzalez and Tamayo Quiala, others are being investigated or have been harassed. Darsi specifically to force him to live in crowded quarters with common prisoners and prisoners to talk with him punished.

When he was arrested, police intervened in the house of an alleged complaint of construction materials illegal precedence. We seized on the false registration, 2 bags of cement, some iron strips and planks torn from the wall and took 2 windows of the hallway inside the house. What is not understood is why did not care about the bag of cement and sand and stone dust we have in since a year ago to public view? Why only 2 windows ripped out and left the other 4 and the door of the house, if all are equal?

The government's intention is very clear, keep Darsi in jail for political reasons, without any concern for the slightest regard for their own laws.

Authorities blamed the government of Cuba for what happen to my husband, Dr. Darsi Ferrer Ramírez, and I ask the international community to help us and demand that once you finish the injustice and arbitrariness that he is suffering .

Greetings and God bless.

Yusnaimy Jorge soca.Activista for Human Rights.