Cuban activist Bismark Mustelier Galan on Tuesday was sentenced to 2 years in prison on trumped up charges that he assault a Cuban Interior Ministry.
The trial, like the entire Cuban "justice" system, was a farce, but to make sure it got the verdict and sentenced it demanded -- and with as little public scrutiny as possible -- the dictatorship rounded up about 30 other dissidents to prevent them from attending the trial.
Mustelier, a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, was charged with "assault" and "resistance" after an incident at a hospital in Palma Soriano, in eastern Cuba, where he had gone to request medical care for his daughter. Several government agents testified that Mustelier choked the Interior official.
But Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, head of the Patriotic Union said all Mustelier tried to do was "defend himself against repression."
Which in Cuba makes Mutelier a very dangerous man.
Diario de Cuba has more details about Mustelier's case.