Yoani Sanchez and her husband Reynaldo Escobar. Photo/archive: Yohandry.wordpress.com

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez was released on Friday by the Cuban authorities after being detained for 30 hours, she reported on her blog Generation Y.

Sanchez was arrested on Thursday along with her husband Reinaldo Escobar while on their way to the city of Bayamo, in the east of the country, to be present for the start of the trial of the Spaniard Ángel Carromero, reported DPA news.

Carromero, a 27-year-old conservative politician, is accused of manslaughter in the deaths of Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero when the vehicle he was driving crashed on July 22.

Yohandri Fontana, a blogger close to the Cuban government, was one of the first to publicize the arrest of Yoani.  He said that Sanchez had intended to distort the legal process against Carromero with  a “provocation and a media circus.”

According to Sanchez: “my intention was totally journalistic. To attend the trial and report @ AngelCarromero from # Bayamo through my # Twitter account. ” The couple were taken in convoy back to Havana, said Yoani on her blog.

Meanwhile, DPA notes that Yoani’s husband Reinaldo Escobar, would be accused of receiving “instructions” from the US Interests Section in Havana.

Carromero is a youth leader of the governing Popular Party in Madrid. The prosecution is seeking a seven-year prison sentence.

According to the official website Cubadebate.cu, a ruling will be announced in the coming days.
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See: Yoani Sanchez detained in Cuba.


13 thoughts on “Blogger Yoani Sanchez Freed in Cuba

  • Lawrence W!! From her books, the pieces she writes for several newspapers including Spain’s El Pais! You know like any normal independent writer! Duh!

  • So where DOES she get her money from Humberto? Seriously?

  • Hans Saurenmann! That money$$$$$$$ innuendo tool against Yoani is SOOOO overused! Get a better script!

  • Lawrence W !! In the past I have asked you to respond with some real facts/numbers about this “blockade” that you keep mentioning but all I get are generalities and avoidance to my numbers which are backed by links! I will ask you again to support your “blockade” claims with numbers, you know like 1,2,3 etc!

    U.S.-CUBA TRADE AND ECONOMIC COUNCIL, INC.
    ECONOMIC EYE ON CUBA- February 2012 – Report For Calendar Year 2011
    2011-2001 U.S. EXPORT STATISTICS FOR CUBA

    http://www.cubatrade.org/CubaExportStats.pdf

    From Cuba’s own web site showing trade with the bad old USA between $400,00 and almost $1 billion dollars!

    SECTOR EXTERNO / EXTERNAL SECTOR – 8.4 – Intercambio comercial de mercancías por países seleccionados y áreas geográficas (Conclusión) Trade in goods in selected countries and geographical areas (Conclusion)
    Estados Unidos de América (USA)
    http://www.one.cu/aec2009/esp/08_tabla_cuadro.htm

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