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Nov. 3, 1999.

PRIVILEGES FOR CORRUPT PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN A CUBAN PRISON By Juan Antonio Soto, Cuba Free Press (as translated by a volunteer).

SANCTI SPIRITUS.- Five government officials have been caught in one of the biggest cases of illegal beef trafficking in the criminal history of the Cuban revolution. For some reason the officials enjoy certain unique privileges in the Nieves Morejón Prison in which they are now confined, even though they sleep in its maximum security cell.

They leave the cell at 6:00 a.m. and go to the penitentiary's swine barn. They return at 8 p.m.- after receiving their daily clandestine family visits, which are a special privilege.

The five (with some names incomplete because government records are not made public):

(1) Pedro Julio, chief of the Provincial Dept. of Transportation (DTI), alias "el Colorado" (literally "the Red" or "the Colorful", in this context could mean one with reddish facial skin or someone who easily blushes or sunburns or even someone with a rather reddish racially mixed skin color). He is a resident of Jatibonico, a city in Sancti Spíritus province built around a large sugar factory of the same name.

(2) Maj. Orlando, chief of the Economics Police and resident of Onza St. in the city of Sancti Spíritus, capital of the namesake province.

(3) Officer Arturo, operative officer of the DTI involved with the provincial branches of the Ministry of Basic Industry (MINBAC) and the Ministry of Public Nutrition (MINAL).

(4) First Lt. Armando, a DTI assistant involved with MINAL, and a resident of metropolitan Sancti Spíritus, more specifically Kilometer 12 of the Jovo Dulce zone.

(5) The late Col. Severino, a primary "pillar" in the crime hereby reported, who also was a resident of Sancti Spíritus and former chief of the provincial National Revolutionary Police (PNR).

There is no total equality in Cuba. When these men serve their short sentences, they will be relocated into new and better administrative positions to continue their misdeeds in the revolution. However when the humble people, of the ruled class, enduring hunger and want as they do, commit an equivalent crime they are severely punished. The 'lower class' suffer the full rigor of the law and endure in the prisons a regime of rigorous and ill-intentioned severity. But when certain public officials betray the motherland, they enjoy indescribable privileges in the Nieves Morejón Prison.

Juan Antonio Soto, Cuba Free Press.

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