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Cuba: Prisoner of conscience, Victor Reinaldo Infante Estrada, receives additional sentence

, Index number: AMR 25/004/1997

Victor Reinaldo Infante Estrada, a former teacher and prisoner of conscience, was tried on 21 January 1997 at the Municipal Court in Matanzas on charges of "disrespect" and sentenced to an additional one year's imprisonment. These charges reportedly arose when in December 1996, while held in Combinado del Sur Prison, he protested when a prison official beat another prisoner and threatened to have him hung. The following day the prisoner committed suicide. Victor Infante is reportedly being held in a punishment cell in Aguica Prison, Matanzas province. Amnesty International is continuing to call for his immediate and unconditional release as a prisoner of conscience.

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