Borges' father said his son ended his protest because Ortega promised to negotiate with the dictator Raul Castro a settlement of Borges' case -- perhaps to coincide with Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba later this month.
Borges, a former Cuban counter-intelligence officer and political prisoner for 14 years, had been demanding his release.
"We are very happy that Ernesto has left an extremely difficult situation, which came with a serious danger of death," said Raul Borges. "We know that the Castro brothers' totalitarian state feels a very deep hatred towards him."
That Borges ended his hunger strike is a good thing. After all, it's not like the regime would be likely to go out of his way to save his life.
But the intervention of Ortega, a man whose history with political prisoners shows him to be more an emissary for the Castros than a champion for freedom, does not inspire confidence that the Borges case will be resolved in the prisoner's best interest.
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