Family of Cuban-American Jailed in Cuba For Espionage Pleads For U.S Attorney, Consular Visits 6

Alina Lopez Miyares, the mother of a Cuban-American jailed in Cuba on alleged espionage charges, holds a picture of her daughter in her home in Miami Beach on August 7, 2018.Carmen Sesin / NBC News

The case of Alina López Miyares runs into Cuba’s policy of considering anyone born in Cuba to be a Cuban national once they step foot on the island.

by Carmen Sesin, NBC News

MIAMI BEACH — The family and attorney of a Cuban-American citizen who’s in a Cuban prison after being sentenced to 13 years for alleged espionage are asking the country’s authorities to allow the woman to receive U.S. consular and attorney visits.

But the case of Alina López Miyares, 59, runs into Cuba’s longstanding policy of considering anyone born in Cuba to be a Cuban national once they step foot on the island. Cuba is among a number of countries who don’t recognize dual U.S. citizenship.

The U.S. embassy in Cuba states in their website, “Cuban authorities may deny U.S. consular officers access to dual Cuban-American citizens.”

According to a source intimately familiar with the case, López Miyares was sentenced for allegedly spying for the U.S. Her husband, Felix Martín Milanés Fajardo — a former Cuban official assigned to the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations — was sentenced to 17 years, according to her mother.

Jason Poblete, a Washington D.C. based attorney who is representing López Miyares, said “there have been repeated overtures for consular service and they have been denied or the Cubans have been non-responsive.”

He said a legal team from his practice is prepared to travel to the island if the Cuban government were to allow them access to López Miyares.

Vicki Huddleston, who was Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999 to 2002, said they were not able to see Cuban-Americans jailed in Cuba. “We would reach out to the government and request to see them, but the answer was always no.”

Jim Cason, who succeeded Huddleston as Chief of the U.S. Interests section in Havana and is a former ambassador to Paraguay, said Cuba was very tough on their policy of dual nationality.

A U.S. State Department official did not confirm nor deny the imprisonment of López Miyares, citing privacy laws.

But in a statement to NBC News, the official stated that some of the most vulnerable U.S. citizens abroad are those who are detained in a foreign county, adding the State Department is always ready to provide services and help.

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    • Trump has been timid? In what way? The Cubans that live in the US are traveling to Cuba giving the world the wrong perception that the Cuban dictatorship have created democratic apertures. The logical things to do is to restrict the tracel of Cuban residents to the island but if is done, thousands of these “economic residents” will be protesting. If the US will enforce the embargo the way in was intended to be enforced, Castro would have been forced to concede his power and to leave the island.
      Castro has found many ways to beat the embargo, the latest has been sending Cuban athletes to the US under the refugee umbrella alledging they are scapees from Cuba. Once they come to the US, they travel to the island and these athletes will give a portion of their contract to Castro. Trump hands are tied, what can he do?

  1. Trump letting someone tie his hands? That’s a ridiculous unsubstantiated apology. He could take reprisals against Cuba for injuring 26 U.S. diplomats with sonic sounds by stopping tourism and cutting off remittances sent from the U.S. to Cuba. Trump has also failed to enforce Titles III and IV of the embargo. He has been enforcing Obama’s Cuba policy for the past two years, even though during the presidential campaign he promised Brigade 2506 members that he wouldn’t forget them.

    • Trump should take more energic actions against the Cuban dictatorship. Raúl Castro is looking to exchange these two people for Ana Montes. She may be needed by the DI, they are playing the same card they used against Obama in order to exchange Ross for the Cuban spies that were inprisoned in the US.

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