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March 3, 1999.

POLICE RELEASE CUBA PRESS DEPUTY DIRECTOR MARVIN HERNáNDEZ MONZóN By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Cienfuegos police released independent journalist Marvin Hernández Monzón from prison the evening of March 2. She is deputy director of the Cuba Free Press news agency. She was held four days in the No. 1 unit of the National Revolutionary Police as they tried to charge her with various crimes.

Agents of the Office of State Security (OSS) first took her into custody at her home in Palmira in connection with the trial that would begin March 1 of the four politically incorrect in Havana who are leaders of the Working Group of Internal Dissidence.

The correspondent said a charge was lodged against her of "illicit enrichment" which was related to the construction of a house by her brother, with whom she lives. She said, "Construction of this house began in 1980 and it now has most of its basic structure but none of its rooms have been completely finished."

The journalist's situation is said to be "delicate" because the OSS agents have demanded to see all the documents, receipts and other papers involved in the building of the house. Observers said they feared that, as is customary in such cases, some activity can be found which could be alleged as illegal, especially since the government seems to have begun a campaign against the alternative press, alleging that its participants are criminals.

Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.


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