UPDATED, June 2, 2010 — Alfredo Calzado was released from prison May 30, 2010.
In the Cuban "justice" system, the normal rules of evidence do not apply. In fact, the dictatorship never needs evidence to condemn its opponents to the Castro gulag, and even has made up a "crime" — "pre-criminal social danger" — to target those guilty of nothing more than wanting to be free.
Human rights activist Alfredo Calzado Tamayo last month was convicted of this made-up crime and sentenced to 2 years in prison by a court in Mayarí, in Holguín province.
His wife told independent journalist Yudelmis Fonseca Rondón that the secret police targeted Calzado, 33, because of his human rights work and because in March he refused to become a police informant. In April, he was accused of "disrespecting" the local police chief and fined 450 pesos.
Calzado later was arrested on May 21 and accused of selling beef.
But apparently lacking any real evidence of a real crime, the dictatorship fell back on the old standby in its efforts to silence the opposition, and instead convicted Calzado of being a "pre-criminal social danger."
Not a real crime, but further evidence of how dangerous the Castro regime is to the Cuban people.