On October 2, 2017, Ms. Alina Lopez-Miyares, a school teacher, and a U.S. citizen, was convicted in Cuba by a secret military court for alleged acts of espionage. She was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Ms. Lopez-Miyares is serving her sentence at the notorious Manto Negro women’s prison near Havana. Manto Negro holds criminals convicted of violent crimes as well as political prisoners such as members of the civil society group Ladies in White. Ms. Lopez-Miyares maintains her innocence.
In 2004, Manto Negro was one of several prisons in Cuba that were visited by officials with the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). The rare visit to Manto Negro and other prisons by international observers occurred the year after an island-wide crackdown on Cuban civil society leaders.
According to unauthenticated documents provided to Global Liberty Alliance attorneys that detail part of the secret proceedings, Ms. Lopez Miyares married a Cuban national, Mr. Milanés Fajardo. Mr. Fajardo was a Cuban diplomat and alleged intelligence officer who served in numerous overseas posts including at the United Nations Cuba mission in New York City, was also tried and convicted in a separate proceeding.
Her 91-year-old mother has traveled from Miami to Cuba various times, a great sacrifice to this family of modest means. Ms. Lopez-Miyares’s family is incredibly concerned about how their daughter has been treated by Cuban authorities. Cuban officials have not been forthcoming to the family about the status of Ms. Lopez-Miyares’s difficult situation.
Ms. Lopez-Miyares has lost a lot of weight and remains in great physical and mental distress. She is also suffering from other ailments, and the family is extremely concerned that Ms. Lopez-Miyares is not receiving proper care or has been subjected to various forms of maltreatment.
As a U.S. citizen, Ms. Lopez-Miyares is entitled to consular visits by diplomatic staff posted at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Despite repeated requests, including from Global Liberty Alliance lawyers, the Cuban government has refused access by American diplomats to Ms. Lopez-Miyares.
Global Liberty Alliance attorneys have requested to meet with Cuban diplomatic personnel at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. and have raised this case with U.S. authorities.
The Global Liberty Alliance legal team is concerned that Ms. Lopez-Miyares has not only been denied due process but that she has been falsely accused of espionage. Ms. Lopez-Miyares is being held in one of the worst women’s prisons in Cuba.
Various non-governmental organizations estimate that there are thousands of persons unlawfully detained in Cuba in over 200 prison and work camps. These people are held for political or otherwise fabricated charges such as espionage.
Related News & Media
- The Miami Herald – “Miami Cuban American jailed in Havana on alleged espionage charges” (Oct 25, 2017).
- Pan American Post – “Cuban Military Court Sentences US Citizen to 13 Years in Prison for Alleged Espionage” (Oct 12, 2017).
- 2017 U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (Cuba)
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