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Cuban graffiti artist transferred to new prison
Published on December 7, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba -- On 4 December Danilo Maldonado Machado (also known as ‘El Sexto’) was transferred to El Vivac prison in the outskirts of Havana, the capital of Cuba. His mother was able to visit him on 5 December and told Amnesty International that he now refuses to eat the food provided by the prison for fear of poisoning, but he ate the food brought to him by his mother.

Maldonado was arrested at his home in Havana the morning of 26 November, hours after the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death. That same day, Cuba-based newspaper 14 y medio reported that he had graffitied the words “He’s gone” (Se fue) on a wall in Havana.

Nine days after Maldonado’s arrest, Cuban authorities have still failed to present official charges under an internationally recognized offence against him. The authorities have not informed his mother or his lawyer of the reasons for this detention, nor a date for his release.

His family presented a habeas corpus request for the preservation of Machado’s individual rights before the Provincial Court of Havana (Tribunal Provincial de la Habana) on 5 December seeking his immediate release.
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