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March 30, 1999. >
JAILERS REPEATEDLY VIOLATE LAW REGARDING POLITICAL PRISONERS IN PINAR DEL RIO PENITENTIARY By Juan Antonio Sánchez, Cuba Free Press.
HAVANA - Political prisoners in the "Kilo Cinco y Medio" (Kilometer Five and a Half) provincial prison of the Pinar del Río province have sent several messages to Cuba Free Press charging jailers with a series of law violations.
For one thing, those in charge of the kitchen for the military personnel use seven inmates to perform tiring chores from 4 a.m. until 11 p.m. They receive no pay. The food there is only for the officers. It must be prepared well, and if so, those prisoners do receive adequate products and condiments.
The politically incorrect inmates say the daily quota of bread for officers is 1600 units, double that given the inmates.
Another report indicates that 20 inmates work in agriculture on the officers' farm. They receive no pay and work 12 hours a day.
It is reported that in the prison's Command Headquarters, a sub-officer of internal order conspired with inmate Jorge Luis Fernández Lea and the two stole a refrigeration machine. Both were caught and placed at the disposition of the courts, but only the inmate was punished.
Another report said that a Command Headquarters sub-officer known as Juan de Dios takes tomato sauce from the inmates who work at The Captain ("La Capitana") canned food factory. The inmates are supposed to receive some tomato sauce as pay for their work.
Juan Antonio Sánchez, Cuba Free Press.
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