HAVANA – The dissident son of late Cuban Vice President Juan Almeida Bosque was released Monday after being under arrest for three days in Havana, the outlawed Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission said.
The spokesman for the Commission, Elizardo Sanchez, told Efe that Juan Juan Almeida Garcia had been “released without charge” on Monday and that “after speaking with him” he was convinced that “it was an arbitrary arrest.”
Almeida was arrested Friday as he was walking along a street carrying a sign directed at Cuban leader Gen. Raul Castro that said: “Mr. President: respect the law and respect my rights.”
The rights commission, which is not recognized by the Cuban government, on Saturday in a communique denounced the fact that Almeida Garcia had been arrested by State Security when he was getting ready to stage a public protest against “the violation of his civil rights,” namely that he is being prevented from leaving the communist island.
The Commission demanded from Gen. Castro Almeida’s “immediate release from jail,” contending that he had committed no crime and asking that the authorities take into account the fact that he suffers from “a dangerous degenerative illness” (rheumatoid spondylitis) that “could be aggravated” by his confinement.
Juan Juan Almeida, a 43-year-old attorney, was arrested in May when he tried to leave Cuba illegally to join relatives living in the United States.
He is the author of the book “Memorias de un guerrillero cubano desconocido” (Memories of an unknown Cuban guerrilla), published this past summer in Spain and in which he criticizes the Cuban government.
The dissident’s father, Juan Almeida Bosque, died in September at the age of 82. One of the original commanders of the Cuban Revolution, he was the third-ranking member of the Council of State at the time of his death. EFE