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    The Gorki Aguila Case

    The Gorki Aguila Case / Lia Villares
    Posted on February 23, 2014

    The trial schedules for this Tuesday against Gorki Águila, leader of the
    punk rock band Porno para Ricardo, was postponed because of the health
    problems of his defense attorney, according to the musician himself on
    his Facebook page. Gorki spoke about the background of his case with
    Diario de Cuba.

    Gorki, what are they accusing you of?

    The formal citation they gave me said the crimes of pre-criminal social
    dangerousness and illegal drug possession, with many points suspended.

    Were you carrying drugs?

    When they stopped me on the street and searched me and found two Tradea
    pills — methylphenidate — for which I have the appropriate prescription,
    signed and sealed, which are strong proof that they were bought legally.
    The police investigation has no evidence beyond those two pills.

    Why are they accusing you?

    The classic recourse of the government is to tie the “uncomfortable”
    individual to some prefabricated crime. In my case they didn’t ahve much
    more and I thought it unlikely that they’d convict me, if it was a free
    trial, for the (completely legal) possession of two tables of a
    medication that I need, according to a doctor’s prescription.

    What’s your impression of this new trial and now the suspension of it?

    It has the same characteristics of the 2008 trial, the same intentions,
    because a despotic government like ours never renounces the idea of
    silencing protestors like me by constant threats of prison, whether we
    are artists, activists, journalists or simply citizens.

    On the morning of the day before yesterday I learned that the trial had
    been postponed because of my attorney’s health. It was to have been held
    on Tuesday, the 11th, but was delayed approximately a week. I thought
    this surprise, without any definitive date, could be dangerous because
    State Security could use it as a strategy and take advantage of less
    media coverage so I’d have a silent trial with weaker visibility.

    Meanwhile, the government could create a parallel campaign to discredit
    me on the social networks, which seems like a recurring error on their
    part, because the exaggeration of creating false situations against each
    and everyone who dares to denounce them or express an opinion contrary
    to its purposes becomes suspect.

    Castro never could admit that his opponents could be dignified enemies
    and have a body of more elevated moral principles; his attitude has
    always been not to recognize opponents and so to underestimate them, but
    taking care that they are never respected, rather defamed and in extreme
    cases imprisoned and even assassinated.

    What are your expectations for the trial? Why summary?

    I understand that these trials are held in very few countries and almost
    always in times of war, as an immediate lesson. The summary trials in
    Cuba are produced serially, with little documentation, that is, they can
    hold several trials on the same day, at the same time, with the ruling
    made in advance, where the political police has everything to gain. In
    this sense the regime takes great advantage of them against the peaceful

    In these trials, mostly rigged by State Security — it’s expected that
    the ruling will go against the accused. So I think it’s extremely
    important to maintain solidarity among everyone because, as demonstrated
    in the previous trial in 2008, the more public opinion was moved and the
    more visibility the case got at the international level, it was possible
    with everyone to change a decision already decided by the
    anti-revolutionary injustice, on the retrograde sense of the Cuban

    Your case is not isolate…

    The government finds in these moments in the practice meant to
    “neutralize” the various opponents, one of their bad so-called
    “revolutionary offenses.” This is the case with my friend Manuel Cuesta
    Morúa, who finds himself under police investigation with absurd charges
    like “the spread of false news that threatens international peace.”

    It’s incredible that someone who threatened the total destruction of the
    planet earth, could say that a simple opinion or the exercise of free
    expression could threaten international peace. It’s something as cynical
    as his persona, someone who dedicated his whole life to launching the
    false image of “revolutionary and ecologist.”

    There was also the case of the independent journalist Calixto Ramón
    Martínez, who spent long months in prison simply for exposing the spread
    of the cholera epidemic in the country, work that should have been the
    job of the national press, which has never mentioned, with sincerity,
    news that is alarming to the population.

    Tell me how it was in 2008…

    I was in the dungeon without knowing anything that was going on outside.
    At a specific time a cop came with the file and told me what I was
    charged with would be changed. Then the treatment inside the jail
    mutated tremendously. When they reduced the charges, some official even
    said that all those who were there were criminals while I was just there
    for being “anti-Castro.”

    That is, they changed the crime of social dangerousness to the crime of
    disobedience and from then is where I can corroborate the rapid collapse
    of the armed farce. When they substituted the charge of one crime for
    another following no procedures at all, completely lacking in rigor:
    what’s missing is the Rule of Law. This leaves the usual arbitrariness
    of the Cuban judicial system completely exposed, where terms like “legal
    certainty” or “res judicata” are alien to is citizens, frequently
    defenseless before such procedures.

    Then I knew I had a strong international solidarity campaign and within
    the country all my friends and activists supported me making sure
    everyone knew about my situation and the false charges I was accused of.

    I’m convinced that the only way to transform these previous designs of
    the tyranny is to realize that uniting in the demand against injustice
    we can multiply the message that we all need right now, that of freedom
    for civil Cuban society, in short, freedom for Cuba.

    I would like to thank all the people sensitive to my situation who have
    signed the petition and who are continuing to pay attention to what
    could happen with respect to this inadmissible case.

    Thank you so much! Hopefully this is the year that yes, it falls!

    Diario de Cuba, 12 February 2014, Lia Villares

    Source: #FreeGorki – The Gorki Aguila Case / Lia Villares | Translating
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