UPDATED, Sept. 8, 2010 — Leonel Grave de Peralta was released from prison and took exile in Madrid, under a deal struck by Spain, the Catholic Church and the Castro dictatorship.
An active member of the Christian Liberation Movement, Grave de Peralta collected more than 100 signatures for the pro-democracy Varela Project's petition campaign in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.
And as director of the Bartolomé Massó Library, he loaned out more than 700 books, despite limited resources.
Each role made Grave de Peralta an enemy of the dictator.
Together, they brought him a 20-year prison sentence after a sham trial found him guilty of "activities against the integrity and sovereignty of the state."
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