at least 17 Cuban doctors part of The exporting battalions Via Havana to Venezuela They will be detained and sent to the island, where they can be tried, after abandoning the official “mission” and attempting to cross to Colombia.
According to the complaint of the Cuban doctor residing in the neighboring country: Miguel Angel Ruanowho shared on social networks screenshots of the messages he was going to exchange with some professionals and others close to them, “already sent to Cuba as such prisoners And he threatened to apply Article 369 of the new Cuban Penal Code to leave him an official mission.”
Ruano, Legal Counsel and Company Spokesperson Free Cuban Medical Syndicatemade up of health professionals from the island critical of the Cuban regime, warned that the detainees ‘Up to eight years waiting for them in prison’the punishment that will be “Apply” as a standard procedure for “the rest”.
Cuban doctor Emilio Arteaga Perezresident in Spain and a spokesperson for the Doctors Syndicate, confirmed the events through his wall and specified that the detention of Cubans in Venezuela dates back to the beginning of May, the date when specialists in that country were detained pending a determination of the punishment that would be applied to them.
“Given the nature of the Cuban regime’s work, we are very concerned about this and want to alert national and international public opinion (…) We are on the verge of a real crime which will be committed against willing persons whose only crime is They wanted to achieve a little freedom and end the intolerable condition of human trafficking and slavery“, to caution.
Arteaga Pérez determined that the Medical Syndicate was informed of this through third parties At least six of the detainees could have been returned to Cuba From Maiquetia Airport “As detainees, as if they were criminals or delinquents.”
According to Ruano, “the name and surname were distributed to the professionals at the border crossings between Venezuela and Colombia” and they were arrested on the Venezuelan side of the border.
He also referred to it as “revenge Since yesterday, May 30, the passports of 100% of the remaining more than 20 thousand Cuban collaborators have been taken away. To prevent them from escaping and intensify the security and monitoring services against doctors and health workers in this medical “mission.”
According to the recently approved Cuban Penal Code, professionals can be punished according to the article which states: “The official or public servant responsible for the performance of a task in another country abandons it or, once completed, is required at any time he returns, Whether he expressly or tacitly refuses it, he is punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of three to eight years.”
For his part, Arteaga Perez warned that some detainees may also be used to expose them in the media by retreating or denouncing some maneuver that justifies their desire to escape from the “official mission”.
“The truth here is that we are facing a crime, abuse and a violation of rights”stressed Arteaga Perez, who noted that the event takes place weeks after the announcement of harsh complaints about abuses of professionals exported by Havana.