Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Family of Oswaldo Payá presents complaint to National Spanish Court

Press Release of the Christian Liberation Movement about the complaint presented to the National Court in Spain.

Rosa Maria Payá Acevedo and Maura Ofelia Acevedo Acevedo

Madrid, Spain.  August 19, 2013

Maura Ofelia Acevedo Acevedo and Rosa Maria Payá Acevedo wife and daughter of the late national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement ("MCL") in Cuba Oswaldo J. Payá Sardiñas, on behalf of the family and the MCL, presented by their lawyer in Spain, and Francisco Andújar, a charge before the Central Court of Instruction of the National Court against Lieutenant Colonel Águilas, chief of instruction of Crimes of Cuban State Security and Colonel Llanes, charged with crimes of Cuban State Security and against all other persons that the court determines in the course of their investigation as participants in the crimes against humanity that culminated with the death of Oswaldo and the youngest member of the coordinating council of the MCL Harold Cepero on the 22nd of July 2012 in Cuba national territory. 

The lawsuit is made necessary and indispensable for a basic question of justice, since the current Cuban regime can not keep chasing, abusing, lying, murdering and intimidating a society with impunity, as absolute masters of the lives of millions of people.

Oswaldo Payá represented the sentiments of a large majority of the despairing Cuban people. As MCL national coordinator he had worked out together with other opponents a viable proposal of political participation, equality and respect against a failed system that wants to remain at all costs in power, and so they have stated on numerous occasions voiced by its highest representatives.

The Cuban and Spanish peoples have the legitimate right and in law to know the truth of what happened that day, where a Spanish citizen was killed: Oswaldo Payá, and vilely accused a youth, also a Spanish citizen, Ángel Carromero, of a crime that he did not commit.

Confident that in Spain, where the judiciary is independent from political power and where they can seek the truth without fear or pressure, we can carry out this complaint and assign responsibility to those involved in this horrible act, whoever they are.

The MCL has never sought revenge and not incite hatred or violence, but we are also not afraid to claim our rights either in the Assembly of Popular Power in Havana or the National Court in Madrid. The first answered us with lies, slander, insults, arrests, beatings and death. We hope that in the second we find the space to find the justice we need. 
More information at http://www.oswaldopaya.org or via e-mail at info@oswaldopaya.org

Original version in Spanish available here:  http://www.oswaldopaya.org/es/2013/08/19/familia-de-oswaldo-paya-presenta-querella-en-audiencia-nacional-de-espana/

Sampling of articles in the press, in English, about the presentation of the complaint:

Harold Cepero and Oswaldo Payá
Family of Cuba dissident Oswaldo Paya file lawsuit alleging murder by Castro regime / The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/cuba/10254022/Family-of-Cuba-dissident-Oswaldo-Paya-file-lawsuit-alleging-murder-by-Castro-regime.html

Family of Cuban activist Oswaldo Payá sue Castro security officials for murder / The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/20/oswaldo-paya-family-sue-cuba-spain 

Spain asked to probe death of Cuba activist Oswaldo Paya / BBC  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23756250

Cuban gov't car caused dissident's death, family says / The Global Post http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130819/cuban-govt-car-caused-dissidents-death-family-says

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