UPDATED, March 10, 2011 — Juan Rodríguez will be released, according to Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega.
Courtesy of the Castro dictatorship, human rights activist Juan Luis Rodríguez Desdín is making an encore appearance as Uncommon Sense's Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week.
Rodríguez earlier this month was arrested on a charge of "public disorder," and subsequently tried, convicted and sentenced to 2 years in prison. Rodríguez had been arrested after he was assaulted and injured while walking along a street in the town of Banes in eastern Cuba.
The 3-hour-long "trial" May 12 was closed to the public, except for his mother. Outside, at least one anti-government activist, Juan Oriol Verdecía Évora, was arrested while trying to enter the courtroom.
After the trial Idalmis Desdín Salguero reports her son was then transferred to a tiny punishment cell — complete with a concrete mattress, bad drinking water and a hole in the floor as a toilet — in the Pedernales prison in Holguin.
And for good measure, Desdín Salguero was fined 1,500 pesos for protest what was happening to her son.