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Cuba: Further information on death penalty / fear of ill-treatment / health concern / death threats: Juvencio Padron Duenas (known as Juan Carlos), Felix Molina Valdes, Carlos Rodriguez Gorrin, Carlos Cruz Seguis

, Index number: AMR 25/017/1995

The appeal against the death sentences of Juvencio Padron Duenas, Felix Molina Valdes and Carlos Cruz Seguia is scheduled for 23 November 1995. There have been allegations that the arrest of Juvencio Padron Duenas may be in reprisal for the political activities of other members of his family.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 25/17/95
15 November 1995
Further information on UA 439/94 (AMR 25/14/94, 13 December 1994) and follow-ups
(AMR 25/16/94, 19 December 1994; AMR 25/11/95, 30 August 1995; 13 September;
AMR 25/12/95, 3 October) - Death Penalty / Fear of ill-treatment / Health Concern
/ Death Threats
CUBA Juvencio PADRON DUEÑAS (known as Juan Carlos)
Felix MOLINA VALDÉS
Carlos Camilo RODRIGUEZ GORRIN
Carlos CRUZ SEGUIS
The appeal against the death sentences of Juvencio Padrón Dueñas, Felix Molina
Valdés and Carlos Cruz Seguis is scheduled for 23 November 1995.
Death penalty cases are automatically subject to appeal before the People's
Supreme Court. If confirmed, the death sentences will then be brought before
the Council of State, presided over by President Fidel Castro, which makes
the final decision on whether execution should go ahead. The time lapse between
the trial and the final decision has on some occasions in the past been only
a matter of days. Execution then usually goes ahead within hours or days.
The three men, together with Camilo Rodríguez Gorrín, were brought to trial
on 29 September 1995 at the Ciego de Avila People's Provincial Court, charged
with the murder and robbery of two elderly people in Ciego de Avila. All four
were found guilty - the three were sentenced to death and Camilo Rodríguez
Gorrín to 30 years' imprisonment.
Apart from the death penalty, which it opposes in all cases as a violation
of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman and
degrading treatment or punishment, Amnesty International has a number of other
concerns in this case. For example, during the investigation process there
were several irregularities, including physical pressures reportedly inflicted
on the detainees to force them to accept the charges.
There have also been allegations that the arrest of Juvencio Padrón Dueñas
may be in reprisal for the political activities of other members of his family.
Amnesty International has received reports that one of the other defendants
in the case was beaten and forced to make a statement, which he now refutes,
falsely implicating Juvencio Padrón Dueñas in the murder - there is reportedly
no other evidence of his involvement. Furthermore, Juvencio Padrón Dueñas
is said to have received death threats while in detention, to have had access
to a lawyer on only one occasion prior to the trial, and to have been denied
adequate medical treatment for a neurological condition from which he has been
suffering since the time of his arrest.
To Amnesty International's knowledge, two executions have been carried out
in Cuba so far this year.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/airmail
letters in Spanish or in your own language:
- urging commutation of the death sentences recently passed on Juvencio Padron
Dueñas, Felix Molina Valdés and Carlos Cruz Seguis;
- expressing concern and sympathy for the families and friends of the victims
of violent crime, but stating unconditional opposition to the death penalty
in all cases;
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- urging that an independent investigation be conducted into reports that at
least one of the defendants in the case was subjected to physical pressures
in order to force him to sign false statements and that anyone found to have
committed human rights abuses against any of the defendants be brought to
justice.
APPEALS TO:
1) President of the People's Supreme Court
Dr José Raúl Amaro Salup
Presidente del Tribunal Supremo Popular
La Habana, Cuba
Telegrams: Presidente, Tribunal Supremo Popular, Havana, Cuba
Telexes: 511457 tsupo
Salutation: Sr Presidente del Tribunal Supremo Popular / Dear President of
the People's Supreme Court
2) Minister of Justice
Dr Carlos Amat Forés
Ministro de la Justicia
Ministerio de la Justicia
Calle O # 216, 8º piso
e/ 23 y Humboldt, Vedado
La Habana, Cuba
Telexes: 511331
Telegrams: Ministro Justicia, Havana, Cuba
Salutation: Sr Ministro/Dear Minister
3) Attorney General
Dr Juan Escalona Reguera
Fiscal General de la República
Fiscalía General de la República
San Rafael 3, La Havana, Cuba
Telegrams: Fiscal General, Havana, Cuba
Telexes: 511456 fisge
Faxes: + 53 7 333164
Salutation: Sr Fiscal General/Dear Attorney General
4) Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sr Roberto Robaina González
Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Calzada No. 360
Vedado, La Habana, Cuba
Telegrams: Ministro Relaciones Exteriores, Havana, Cuba
Telexes: 511122 / 511464 / 512950
Faxes: + 53 7 333085 / +53 7 335261
Salutation: Sr Ministro / Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
National Union of Jurists
Dra Zenaida Osorio Vizcaina
Presidente
Unión Nacional de Juristas de Cuba
Calle 21, No. 552, esq. D
3
Apartado 4161
La Habana 4, Cuba
Director of Ciego de Avila Provincial Prison
Señor Directo
Prisión Provincial de Ciego de Avila
Ciego de Avila, Cuba
and to diplomatic representatives of Cuba accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 29 December 1995.

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