Cuban Dissident’s Daughter Demands New Investigation into Father’s Death

By: Ysol Delgado - Mar 1, 2017, 10:33 am
Cuban Dissident's Daughter
The Payá has maintained since 2012 that the accident was not an unforeseen accident but rather an “attack” by Cuban State Security. (Yusnaby)

EspañolCuban dissident and promoter of the “Cuba Decide” initiative Rosa María Payá requested this week that the Havana Ministry of Justice review the case of her father’s death.

María Payá tweeted about her visit to the Ministry of Justice while it was happening, saying she was there to ask that the cause of death of famous Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá be looked at again.

Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, died in a 2012 car accident, according to local media, an incident that also involved the death of activist Harold Cepero and injury to Jens Aron Modig of Sweden and Ángel Carromero of Spain.

The Payá has maintained since 2012 that the accident was not an unforeseen accident but rather an “attack” by Cuban State Security with the intention of getting rid of a prominent dissident.

According to Carromero’s statements regarding the incident and several investigations, the event looks more like a murder than an accident.

“Cuba Decide” issued a press release with details of the document María Payá gave to the Ministry of Justice, which asks for a review of the sentence placing blame on Angel Carromero for the death of Oswaldo Payá and Cepero.

María Payá, also President of the Latin American Youth Democracy Network, said that according to Cuban law, anyone can request a criminal review and decided to do so not only because Angel Carromero alleged that another car had intentionally hit the one he was driving, but also because the investigation violated the rules of due process by failing to consider expert evidence that could have determined if the event was provoked.

The request is also addressed to the Attorney General and said:

“With this procedure, the last legal possibility of discussing the case in Cuba is exhausted. By law, one of these authorities must respond within 90 days. Consequently, we remain waiting without prejudice.”

Source: Cubanet

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Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

Generous Benefits Lead Employees to Oppose Privatizing Bogota Telephone Company

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Feb 28, 2017, 6:39 pm
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Español Bogota Mayor Enrique Peñalosa has made little secret of his intention to sell the public utility Bogota Telecommunications Company (Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota), and has thus received substantial criticism from the Colombian left and from company employees who want to the company to continue in the public sector. Why is Penalosa's plan so controversial? According to the newspaper KienyKe the answer is simple: the large number of benefits that ETB employees receive; benefits that are not enjoyed by any other Colombian state employees. These include two annual bonuses received, in the months of December and June, which are, by Colombian law, equal two months of salary, while for the rest of Colombians it is only one. Read More: Penalosa Will Begin Bogota Metro After $5.2 Billion in Government Financing Read More: ELN Guerrilla Admits it Planted Deadly Bomb in Central Bogota In addition they receive a holiday bonus equivalent to 45 days of salary, while the other Colombians who enjoy this benefit receive only a 15 day bonus. In addition, during Easter (which falls in either March or April) they receive the so-called "Fish Premium" which is equivalent to another 15 days of work and another bonus of 32 days to which is added a performance bonus that can reach up to a monthly salary. In addition to all the aforementioned benefits, for each five year period worked, they receive additional bonuses that can be between 2.5 and 5 monthly minimum wages depending on the time an employee has spent working for the organization. These bonuses also factor into increased pension payments, which has made ETB one of the highest spending companies on pensions for its employees: they spent $ COP 2.2 trillion (or USD $752.4 million) per year just on pensions. Also, employees' children are entitled to scholarships for high school or college studies, costing the company an estimated COP $12 billion a year (USD $4.1 million). These benefits, which were instituted in 1944 when the company was a communications sector monopoly with large annual profits, will cost Colombia taxpayers COP $62 billion (USD $421.2 million), in addition to the 12,000 scholarships. In addition to this, ETB owns two schools for the children of employees that entail large operation, payroll, transport, and food costs that are assumed by the company. In addition, they operate a vacation resort whose costs are also covered by the organization. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Finally, they have an EPS (health plan) to which employees are required to be affiliated and the medical costs of the employees and their families amount to COP $14,000 million a year (USD $4.7 million). Not to mention that the employees' union receives payments of COP $351 million (USD $120,042) a year for travel, vehicles, cellular plans, courses, and training. What is clear is that costs at ETB are out of control. Unsurprisingly, during fiscal year 2015, ETB had losses of COP $37,000 million (USD $12.6 million) that were paid for by public money according to the KienyKe report. Source: KienyKe

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