Ofelia Acevedo, the widow of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, on Wednesday expressed her thanks for the support she has received in Spain and other European countries in her campaign for an international investigation into her husband's death and insisted that she will continue to pursue the lawsuit she presented in Spain to that end.
Acevedo, who on Wednesday is returning to her home in Miami after being in Europe for 40 days, said at a press conference in Madrid that the truth needs to come out about Paya's death because "only the truth opens the way for the true freedom we're seeking in my country."
Paya, the head of the Christian Liberation Movement, died in a traffic accident in Cuba along with fellow dissident Harold Cepero on July 22, 2012, an incident in which the car's driver, Spaniard Angel Carromero, was sentenced by a Cuban court to four years in prison.
The Paya family maintains that the Cuban security services were implicated in the deaths of the two dissidents and last August they presented a lawsuit before Spain's Audiencia Nacional against two Cuban military officers identified as Lt. Col. Aguilas and Lt. Col. Llanes.
The complaint, which calls for an investigation into the case, was denied a month later by the Spanish court but the family refiled it.
Attorney Jose Andujar, who was at the press conference, defended his clients' stance that the Spanish court has jurisdiction in the case because Oswaldo Paya was a Spanish citizen.
In addition, he said that the suit was aimed at investigating not only the "vile and deliberate murders" of Paya and Cepero, but also a "systematic attack" on the Christian Liberation Movement, which the plaintiffs consider a crime against "humanity."
The lawyer said that Carromero's trial in Cuba was an "absolute farse," adding that it is necessary for the youth director of Spain's Popular Party to provide his testimony in Spain. EFE