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Trial delayed for politician involved in dissident's death

Published:Monday | September 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Cuban authorities have inexplicably delayed the trial of the Spanish politician charged with causing the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá.

The trial of Angel Carromero was expected to start on Friday, according to two Spanish newspapers.They had reported that Carromero's trial on charges of vehicular homicide would start in this eastern city, closest to the scene of the July 22 crash in which Payá and dissident Harold Cepero died.

But Cuban authorities made no announcement Friday, and Bayamo residents told reporters here that, although there were signs of preparations for an important event at the auditorium of the city's Manuel Muñoz Cedeño Provincial Art School, no trial had started.

Telephone company workers have been installing equipment in the auditorium for a few days, and neighbours said they believe the Carromero trial could begin next week.

The Spanish embassy in Havana said there was no official information at all on the trial.

Prosecutors, who have accused Carromero of causing the crash by speeding, will reportedly seek a seven-year prison sentence.

Carromero, a Madrid official of New Generations, the youth wing of Spain's ruling Popular Party, was driving the car.

Also with him was Jens Aaron Modig, president of the Youth League of the Christian Democratic Party of Sweden. They were not seriously injured, and Modig was allowed to return to Sweden.

Payá, who founded and led the opposition Christian Liberation Movement (CLM), and Cepero, a CLM member, were in the back seat. Cuban officials said they were not wearing seat belts.