Rolando Jiménez Pozada was arrested April 25, 2003 — at the tail end of the "black spring" crackdown by Cuban authorities — but he never has formally been charged with a crime.
A lawyer, Jiménez was accused of disrespecting Fidel Castro after he "made up signs calling for an end to the dictatorship and for freedom and democracy for the Cuban people," according to Cuban Political Prisoner.info
Amnesty International has named Jiménez as a prisoner of conscience.
Jiménez is married to independent journalist Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero, who was released from prison earlier this year, after severing a several-month sentence for "resisting the authorities and civil disobedience."
UPDATED, Dec. 23, 2007
Jiménez in December 2006, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the supposed "crimes" of "revealing state secrets" and "aggravated disrespect." Get the details, here.
One of the surest indicators of the repressive nature of the Castro regime is the jailing of more than 300 political prisoners. To illustrate that reality, Uncommon Sense each week will profile one prisoner, and keep that post at the top of the page from Sunday night through Friday morning. (That may change depending on the news of the day.) There also is a Political Prisoner archive on the left sidebar. To suggest a prisoner for a profile, send me an e-mail.
For profiles of imprisoned Cuban journalists and related information, read the March 18 Project.