HAVANA – Cuban blogger Dania Virgen Garcia, who says she is an independent journalist, said on Saturday that she was released after being sentenced in April to 20 months in prison for a crime related to a family quarrel.
The Miami-based Inter-American Press Association reported last week that Garcia had been sentenced irregularly “for a family quarrel” that masked a “criminal or political trick” of the Cuban government against her.
Garcia, 41, said Saturday that she had been released the day before after spending 15 days in Manto Negro women’s prison in Havana charged with “arbitrary exercise of law,” because of an argument with her 23-year-old daughter.
“It was all premeditated and planned by them, because of my work as an independent journalist and blogger,” said Garcia from her home, with reference to the action taken by the Cuban authorities.
She also said that she still has not had access to the documents of the case, such as the formal accusation and the prosecutor’s statement about why she was arrested. At the same time she denounced being held incommunicado for three days in a cell and several “arbitrary procedures” in the judicial process.
The blogger said that the charge for which she was sentenced has never before been applied on the island, according to what prison officials told her, and said she still has not received a summons for the appeal that should take place in the next few days.
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said this week in Havana that it was investigating the “not so clear” case of Dania Virgen Garcia.