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November 26, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

POLITICAL PRISONER ROQUE PROTESTS THREATS INSIDE PRISON By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Political prisoner Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello, 53, says she fears for her life in the face of threats from another prisoner who is in jail on charges of forcibly attempting murder and theft.

In a November 12 letter to the state prosecutor, Edelmira Pedriz, Roque said, "The events which are taking place affect my physical integrity, and the prison's authorities are fully responsible for it."

Roque Cabello has been a prisoner in the occidental women's penitentiary without trial since July 16, 1997, after participating in preparation of the statement, "The fatherland belongs to all of us." She is accused of "acts against the security of the state, with a sedition crime," in preliminary proceedings No. 39 of 1997. She is president of the Institute of Independent Economists and a member of the Working Group of National Dissidents.

Her letter described a series of events involving threats by prisoner Yanelis Sánchez. "This prisoner," she wrote, "reached a peak of harassment when appearing before me during my family's visitation November 9, exhibiting her usual threatening gestures. For Yanelis there are no bars or locks. On that occasion, I was with the fifth division and she belongs to the fourth, so I wonder how she got there…The encounters with my family are monitored by different corps…The authorities have been notified but there has been no solution to the problem."

She asked that the prosecutor take action to see that the harassment stops.

Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press


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