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Cable sobre la destitución del ministro de Justicia

Este cable de la Sección de Intereses en La Habana analiza algunas informaciones que vinculan el cambio en el Departamento de Justicia con presuntas actividades corruptas

ID: 102674
Date: 2007-03-30 16:23:00
Origin: 07HAVANA317
Source: US Interests Section Havana
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/30/2017
TAGS: PGOV, CU
SUBJECT: CUBAN REGIME REMOVES JUSTICE MINISTER

Classified By: COM Michael E. Parmly; Reasons 1.4 (b/d)

1. (U) Cuban official media announced March 24 that Justice
Minister Roberto Diaz Sotolongo would be replaced by Vice
Minister Maria Esther Reus. Additionally, Water Resources
Institute Director Jorge Luis Aspiolea would be replaced by
his deputy, Rene Mesa.

2. (U) Although the regime's public announcement gave no
reasons, an independent journalist posted a story claiming
that Sotolongo was involved in corruption regarding fees for
illegal internet accounts, and that one of his subordinates
was caught over a year ago trying to leave the Cuba illegally
with 25 thousand dollars. This same story reports that Maria
Esther Reus has a background dealing with corruption cases
and is a confidant of Raul Castro. Former GOC official Jesus
Marzo Fernandez, on the March 29 Miami-based TV show "Polos
Opuestos," said that Sotolongo was up to his ears in
corruption.

3. (C) USINT's American Citizens Services Officer learned
from an American Citizen XXXXXXXXXXXX that Sotolongo and
Aspiolea have been in the Villa Marista Detention Center in
Havana since February. According to this source, Sotolongo's
detention/removal is related to his involvement in migrant
smuggling.

4. (C) Comment: Cuba's justice system is characterized by
corruption and subservience to political dictates. That
someone would be removed for corruption is usually an
indication that the individual's misdeeds were not fully
coordinated in advance, and the profits not shared enough
with the Castros. The regime is, in public, "shocked" that
corruption might be going on in its midst.
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