UPDATED, March 22, 2011 — The Cuban Catholic Church announced today at that Antonio García would be released and expelled to Spain.
Antonio García Reyes, a member of the 8th of September Movement in the province of Camagüey, was sentenced earlier this month to 5 years in prison for the supposed crime of "assault," according to a report from independent journalist José Agramonte Leyva.
Darío García Quintana said his son, who is being held at the Cerámica Roja prison in Camagüey, was prosecuted because he was protesting human rights abuses by the Castro dictatorship.
"That is why he was punished unjustly," Darío said.
I don't know was the 8th of September Movement is about, but that date is significant in Cuban history and Cuban life. It is the feast day of Cuba's patroness, the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Charity.