Roger Noriega, a former assistant secretary of State, has one answer:
What kind of regime could be suspected of engineering a car accident to kill an opponent? The kind that made a “criminal” out of a man like Oswaldo Payá.
This weekend, the widow of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá rejected the Castro regime’s assertion that the July 22nd automobile crash that claimed her husband’s life was the result of reckless driving.
After hearing of Payá’s untimely death, his family members explained that he received persistent threats during two decades of political opposition.
Their suspicions were raised in the week after the incident because Cuban authorities had detained two European pro-democracy activists who were in the car during the crash that killed Paya and a Cuban colleague, Harold Cepero Escalante.
On Monday, in a session with reporters organized by the internal security agency, the Spanish citizen who was driving the car took responsibility for the accident; he faces charges in Cuba’s Orwellian justice system. His Swedish colleague issued an obligatory confession for supporting Payá’s “illicit” activities.
The two men looked more like hostages than witnesses, and both pleaded with the international community to get them out of Cuba.
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