News broke today that the (c)astro's regimen might freed two prominent political prisoners that have staunchly refused to accept the regimen's offer to be released but exiled in Spain.
"The two men - Angel Moya and Guido Sigler - had refused a government deal to go into exile and insisted on staying in Cuba, along with the other nine dissidents who remain in Cuban jails nearly seven months after the government agreed in principal to free them. Under the agreement announced Friday, Moya will stay in Cuba while Sigler "has indicated a desire to go to the United States," church spokesman Orlando Marquez said in a statement."Angel Moya Acosta, whose story as political prisoner I recently chronicled here, is one of them.
He has been jailed in the Combinado del Este prison in Havana, serving a 20 years sentence. He was arrested on March 19th, 2003 –during the Black Spring where the Cuban government arrested and jailed 75 peaceful dissidents, independent journalists, librarians and human rights activists. He has served 7 years and 8 months of his sentence, enjoying a relative good health, considering the conditions where the government keeps political prisoners.
He is one of the 11 prisoners of conscience who didn’t accept the government’s offer to be released if they accepted exile in Spain, which they consider a deportation scam.
According to his wife, Lady in White Berta Soler Fernandez, Angel says he respects other political prisoner’s decision to accept the government’s deal, in order to have every body else respecting his. “He says no one can force him to leave his homeland and if he decides to do at some point in the future, it will be on his own terms, and to the country of his choice.”
The other is Guido Sigler Amaya, whose ailing brother, Ariel Sigler Amaya, arrived to the United States last year. Moya and the Sigler brother are from the same hometown of Pedro Betancourt, Matanzas Province, East of Havana.
H/T Babalu Blog