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Habeas Corpus for ‘El Sexto’

Habeas Corpus for ‘El Sexto’ / Cubalex

Cubalex, Havana, 6 December 2016 – On Monday, María Victoria Machado
González, mother of Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto,’
petitioned the Provincial Court of Havana for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in
favor of her son. In the petition, she asked the court to order the
detaining authority to bring him before the court.

‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), 33, was arrested on the morning of 26 November.
In the early hours of that same day he had painted a graffiti on one of
the exterior walls of the Habana Libre Hotel, after official media
announced the death of Fidel Castro, 90.

It is presumed that the arrest was carried out with violence. Witnesses
said they forced his head between his legs. He was taken to 4 different
detention. Currently he is in Vivac, in the Havana municipality of Boyeros.

The authorities informed Maria Victoria that on 5 December, nine days
after his arrest, the prosecutor decided to keep him in preventive
custody. The investigation is being carried out by the criminal
investigator Fernando Sanchez. Maldonado is accused of damaging state
property. This crime is not mentioned in the Criminal Code.

El Sexto’s mother also requested that the court order the immediate
release of her son. The Criminal Code provides for a prison term or a
fine for destroying, damaging or making unusable the belongings of
another. This conduct does not correspond to Danilo’s actions.

According to the petition, preventive detention of El Sexto is arbitrary
and illegal. Painting the walls or facades of a hotel constitutes a
violation against public adornment. Inspectors of the communal system
are entitled to impose, in these cases, a fine of 100 Cuban pesos
(roughly $5 US).

Machado González also reported that her son was beaten by a Major of the
Guanabacoa police when he asked for medical assistance because of
asthma. She adds that Maldonado made the decision to only eat the food
brought in by his relatives. He suspects that the meals offered at the
detention center have sleeping pills in them.

Source: Habeas Corpus for ‘El Sexto’ / Cubalex – Translating Cuba –

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