HAVANA – Former political prisoner Angel Moya has been back in police custody since the weekend and authorities refuse to provide any information on his whereabouts, his wife told Efe on Tuesday.
Berta Soler, spokeswoman for the dissident group Ladies in White, said that Moya was arrested by State Security agents together with other members of the opposition Sunday in Pedro Betancourt, a town in Matanzas province.
“I consider him missing because no representative of the police or State Security has informed his sister or me of his whereabouts,” Soler said.
Moya’s wife believes the dissident is being held at a police station where he has been taken on other occasions in Matanzas city, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Havana.
Soler said the arrest took place when her husband and other dissidents gathered to witness a police search of the home of a member of the Democratic Freedom for Cuba Movement, of which Moya is the leader.
She said the dissidents were in front of the residence together with another group of neighbors when State Security agents “started hitting them, shoved them into cars and took them to the police station.”
Except for Moya, she said, the rest of the detainees have been released.
Angel Moya was sentenced to 20 years in prison during the government crackdown that sent 75 dissidents to jail in the “Black Spring” of 2003, and was finally released in 2011 on parole as part of the process of freeing political prisoners achieved with the mediation of the Cuban Catholic Church and the Spanish govenment.
Since his release last year, the 47-year-old dissident has been arrested on several occasions for brief periods of time. EFE