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dies in alleged beating

An inmate in a Cuban was beaten by guards days before he
died from what authorities later described as pneumonia, according to
complaints sent by fellow prisoners to a commission in Havana.
"The reports are not conclusive but this man died in circumstances
that merit attention … in government custody," said Elizardo Sánchez
Santa Cruz, head of the but tolerated Cuban Commission for Human
Rights and National Reconciliation.
Sánchez said the dead prisoner, Salvador Ferrer Rodríguez, was
serving a sentence in the Quivicán prison on the outskirts of Havana for
a common crime, but there's no further information on his personal
background or his legal case.
His commission received telephone calls from a half a dozen other
Quivicán prisoners "insisting that he was the victim of a beating" by
guards, Sánchez said. Ferrer was taken to a and authorities
later told prisoners that he died Sunday from pneumonia.

Juan O. Tamayo

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/cuban_colada/2011/05/prisoner-dies-in-alleged-beating.html

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