UPDATED, April 9, 2011 — José de la Rosa was released from prison and took exile in Spain.
Details of his supposed crimes were not available — it appears they arose from a confrontation de la Rosa Pérez had with a police officer — but it is clear that his "trial" was a sham. On the day of the proceedings, about 60 police officers surrounded the Holguin courthouse as de la Rosa Pérez arrived bound in chains. Guards also filled the courtroom, with only the defendant's father the only relative or friend allowed to witness the "trial."
"The lawyer who defended my son offered an excellent defense, but it might not work," said José de la Rosa Góngora.
It didn't. A few days later, de la Rosa Pérez was sentenced to 5 years in prison, as recommended by prosecutors.