Three Cuban activists who have been jailed since just before Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the island in March 2012, are set to stand trial Oct. 21 on charges of "assault, public disorder and attempted murder," according to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
It is the third trial that has been set for Sonia Garro Alfonso, her husband Ramón Alejandro Muñoz and Eugenio Hernández Hernández. Prosecutors are, respectively, seeking prison terms of 10, 14 and 11 years, which would be some of the harshest punishments handed down again opposition activists since the "black spring" crackdown of 2003.
Previously, the case had been set to go to trial on Nov. 1, 2013, and then on June 30.
Whether the trial actually will happen this time is uncertain. The human rights commission said they receive notice of the trial date only from the defense attorney. Nothing has been issued in writing from the authorities, according to human rights commission director Elizardo Sanchez.
Garro and Munoz were arrested at their home in Havana on March 19, 2012, when 50 police officers forced their way into the house and fired rubber bullets at them. According to her sister, Sonia Garro Alfonso was wounded in the foot by one of these bullets.
Since her arrest, there have been numerous reports that Garro's health has suffered greatly while in jail. She reportedly has suffered from skin, kidney and other ailments.