HAVANA TIMES — The trial starts today in Bayamo of the Spanish politician Angel Carromero, who is charged with manslaughter in the deaths of dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Hector Cepero. The family of Paya traveled to the eastern Cuban city on Thursday.
“They (the widow, Ofelia Acevedo, and the daughter, Rosa Maria Paya) have headed out in that direction, but I can’t confirm they’re going to attend the trial,” said a relative via phone from their house.
Paya’s family does not accept the official version of the accident; instead they’ve requested an international investigation and they refuse to accuse Carromero.
According to diplomatic sources, Carromero will be defended by two lawyers from an international law office in Havana, who will be advised by a Spanish attorney. The Spanish press assures that the prosecution will request a seven year prison sentence be handed down against Carromero.
The Spanish minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, has confidence that the trial will not be politicized, while the general consul of Spain in Cuba, Tomas Rodriguez-Pantoja, is already in Bayamo.
Carromero, 27, is a leader of the conservative “Nuevas Generaciones” youth organization of the ruling Partido Popular. He was driving the vehicle that wrecked this past July 22 and caused the death of Paya, 60, and the 31-year-old Cepero.