The opponent Luis Andrés Domínguez Sardiñas, 47 years old, and the young Jorge Luis Boada Valdés, 27 years old, and Yohan Carlos Terán Izquierdo, 25 years old, will be tried in the same case this Thursday in the Chamber of Crimes against State Security in the Provincial Court of Havana. Domínguez Sardiñas, one of the accused in this trial, informed DIARIO DE CUBA.
To Boada Valdés, the tax request demanded 15 years in prison for crimes of enemy propaganda and other acts against state security. They want to sentence Terán Izquierdo to 12 years for the same crimes, while Prosecutor Yanaisa Matos Legrá asked Andrés Domínguez for three years for other actions against state security.
“When I was imprisoned in 2021, the State Security confiscated my phone and accessed my WhatsApp conversations. In that exchange of messages, some Cubans living in the United States talked to me about sending, and they gave me some rubber bands to do the stone-throwing. Like last time, they announced that the Court did not consider me guilty for a previous cause, but I will remain in prison so that the State Security seized that crime to still condemn me,” said Andrés Domínguez in DIARIO DE CUBA.
This is the opposite He has been in jail five times from 2014 to last year and was accused of indiscriminate contempt and non-payment of fines. He is currently under house arrest while awaiting trial, where he may return to prison.
“I consider that because of the complaints I made in the press this time, the punishment is small, but I live in a country where there are no guarantees and I am at the mercy of their decision,” added Andrés Domínguez.
Regarding the link established in the tax petition between this opponent and Boada Valdés, Domínguez pointed out that “I learned about him through a WhatsApp group, but I did not meet him personally, and we did not plan to be together either until we meet in prison.”
Andrés Domínguez belongs to the opposition group Cuban Shield Movement and was involved years ago in the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Civic Action Front (FACOZT).
The prosecutor’s petition, to which DIARIO DE CUBA has access, points to Yohan Carlos Terán Izquierdo as another young man who expressed his disapproval of the regime at the beginning of last year on his Facebook profile by writing with crayon the phrase “Down with the Dictatorship” in the Lawton neighborhood. He is a friend or acquaintance of Boada Valdés.
The document says that Terán Izquierdo called on Cubans to protest in the streets a few days after the national protests on July 11, 2021, and also made a live broadcast on one of his Facebook profiles.
A search conducted on the young man’s Facebook profiles did not show any of the publications indicated in the tax petition. Maybe they were removed.
DIARIO DE CUBA also tried to contact his relatives, but so far there has been no response.
For his part, Boada Valdés was in the punishment cell last week for refusing to cut his hair as a requirement imposed by his prisons to give him a family visit.
According to the version of one of his family members, the young man was forcibly shaved, and he refused to attend the family visit in this way, where he spent five days in a punishment cell. In previous complaints, his relatives stated that since he was imprisoned in February 2022, Boada Valdés continued to express his opposition to the regime by writing phrases on the walls of the prison.
If these three Cubans are convicted, they will join the list of more than a thousand political prisoners counted by the Prisoners Defenders organization.