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Cuba frees journalist after 22 months

Posted on Thu, May. 10, 2007

Cuba frees journalist after 22 months
The Associated Press

Cuba has released an journalist who served 22-months in prison for
participating in an anti-government rally, a local activist and a
foreign media watchdog group said Thursday.

Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez, who reported for U.S. Web sites, was
released from Valle Grande prison outside Havana on Tuesday, according
to veteran dissident Martha Beatriz Roque, who said she spoke with
Guerra shortly after he was freed.

Guerra has been a contributor to Miami's Payolibre and Nueva Prensa
Cubana, as well as the U.S. government-funded Radio Marti.

He was among six dissidents who were picked up during a street protest
on July 13, 2005, the 11th anniversary of the deadly sinking of a
migrant-filled tugboat. Government opponents say the boat was rammed by
the Cuban coast guard and that 41 people died, but authorities called it
an accidental collision with 32 dead.

Guerra was held until February, when he was sentenced to 1 year and 10
months behind bars for disorderly public conduct.

The Paris-based advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said in a
statement that, with time served, Guerra was due to be released May 13.

The organization said that Guerra was in poor health after staging
hunger strikes.

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