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Cuban dictatorship sentences Luis Manuel Otero and Maykel Osorbo to five and nine years in prison, respectively

Cuban artists Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Maykel Castillo Pérez (Maykel Osorbo) were sentenced to five and nine years in prison, respectively, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) reported today.

According to a note published by that organization, Otero Alcántara was found guilty of the crimes of outrage against the symbols of the country, contempt and public disorder; while Osorbo was sentenced for the crimes of contempt, attack, public disorder and defamation of institutions and organizations, heroes and martyrs.

The Prosecutor’s Office indicates that both sentences are “the result of the proven facts and the participation of the accused” in them.

“Today, the Court notified the sentence to the Prosecutor’s Office, in which it assessed the evidence taken and reached the conviction on the facts proven in the oral hearing and their social harm, determined the responsibility of the defendants, as well as the position assumed and the acts carried out by each one, ”says the note.

The genesis of the sentence against Luis Manuel Otero was in the performance Drapeau, in which the artist intervened the public space using the Cuban flag as a garment.

The Court “argued the express intention, sustained over time, of offending the national flag, through the publication of photos on social networks where it is used in denigrating acts, accompanied by notoriously offensive and disrespectful expressions, belittling the feelings of nationality and pride that the Cuban people profess to our national flag”.

The official statement also justified the conviction of Maykel Osorbo, who was arrested and prosecuted last year for having escaped arbitrary detention and for posting a meme of the ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel and the regime’s prime minister, Manuel Marrero, on social networks.

According to the Court, the rapper acted “with the manifest purpose of outraging, affecting the honor and dignity of the highest authorities of the country, he used digitally manipulated false images of these, which he made public on social networks; and with the same purpose, he made direct interventions from his personal profile to dishonor the function that law enforcement officers fulfill in society, which compromised social and collective coexistence and entailed an affront towards them.”

As part of Case No. 12/2022, Juslid Justiz Lazo and Reina Sierra Duvergel also received firm sentences, sentenced to three years in prison, replaced by correctional work without internment, for the crime of assault; as well as Félix Roque Delgado, sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty on the same charge.

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José Martí
José Martí
Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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