Raúl Rodríguez Soto in December 2005 was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison, after he and three other people were arrested on charges of "human trafficking" when they arrived in Cuba by boat to search for relatives who were in danger.
"Human trafficking" is not particularly a "political" crime, but circumstances of the supposed case Rodríguez make him deserving of status a political prisoner.
First of all, his mother, Adela Soto Alvarez is a human rights activist in Miami, leading observers to suspect the prosecution gave the Castro regime to seek vengeance against her. A suspicion reinforced recently when a prosecutor told Rodríguez that even though there were political undetones in his case, he would not be treated as a political prisoner.
Rodríguez said he is not released, he will start a hunger strike that would end only with his death.
"I am tired of the injustice I have suffered for these five years," Rodríguez said. "It is better to be dead than to be unjustly imprisoned."
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