Cuban Military Court Sentences US Citizen to 13 Years in Prison for Alleged Espionage Reply

According to a source related to the case, the couple was being investigated by Cuban counterintelligence after suspicions arose that they were providing classified information that could jeopardize state security. (Twitter)

By Karina Martín – Pan Am Post

A military court in Havana, Cuba has sentenced a US citizen and her husband, a former Cuban diplomat, to a long-term prison sentence for crimes of espionage.

According to a source related to the case, the couple was being investigated by Cuban counterintelligence after suspicions arose that they were providing classified information that could jeopardize state security.

Alina López Miyares was detained last January at Havana airport as she was preparing to travel to Miami, Florida. Her husband, Félix Martín Milanés Fajardo, had been arrested the month prior, in December.

Both were tried on October 2 after the court date had been postponed twice. The delay caused the Cuban justice’s decision to take place just three days after the United States decided to withdraw most of their diplomatic staff from its embassy in Havana.

The family of the accused could have get the trial waved, according to a source consulted by the newspaper Martí Noticias. The mother of López Miyares, a resident of Miami, was able to see her daughter at the entrance of the court, but could not enter the room.

“The prisoners had been instructed to change their statements in order to influence the verdict,” the same source said.

The couple, who has been married for more than 10 years, each received lengthy sentences: 13 years in prison for López Miyares and 17 years for Milanés Fajardo. The sentence will be finalized on October 24. The defendants are reportedly expected to file an appeal.

The ruling comes amid growing bilateral tensions over alleged “sonic attacks” on the island against two dozen US diplomats.

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Argentina Hosts Three Spies Expelled from US 2

Three spies thrown out of the US in retaliation for Havana’s efforts against US military operations continue to enjoy their posting in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina.  All three belong to Havana’s foreign intelligence service, the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), consistently ranked among the top six spy organizations in the world.

 Raúl Rodríguez Averhoff and his wife, María Cristina Delgado Suárez, arrived in 2006.  A Consular Officer, he serves is the elite Department known as M-I [US Targets], although he has some experience in M-II [Latin American Targets] as well.  Under cover as the Cultural Consular, Delgado Suárez’s department affiliation within the DI is unknown.

In May 2003, the US expelled 14 Cuban diplomats for espionage.  Seven diplomats were based at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations (CMUN) and the other seven at the Interests Section.  A Second Secretary at the Interests Section, Rodríguez Averhoff was one of the seven expelled from Washington. His wife, known to the US Intelligence Community as a DI officer, had increased her husband’s value as the target of a PNG action.  She accompanied him during his early return to Cuba.

The expulsions occurred less than eight weeks after the US and its coalition partners attacked Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).   Washington Times columnist Bill Gertz noted that the mass expulsions retaliated for Havana having shared information on US troop movements and associated military activities with Iraqi Intelligence.

Oscar Redondo Toledo’s arrival date in Argentina is unclear.

In early November 2002, the US declared Redondo Toledo Persona Non Grata.  He enjoyed diplomatic immunity as a First Secretary at the Cuban Interests Section.  According to the Washington Post, the PNG action retaliated for the 16-year career of Cuban spy Ana Montes, who was sentenced in October 2002.

While with the Interests Section, Redondo Toledo handled the “Sister City” program between Havana and Mobile, Alabama.  The Mobile-Havana partnership was established in 1993.   On June 13th, 2002, Redondo was the featured speaker at a meeting in Philadelphia.  Other speakers that night were Pamela Martin of the Philadelphia-Cardenas Sister Cities Project and Stephen Paulmier of the “Free the Five” Committee.  Redondo Toledo began his Washington tour in April 2000.

Prior to this assignment, Redondo Toledo served at the CMUN, the traditional hub for Havana’s US-based espionage operations.  He was groomed for his US tour by his posting as the Prensa Latina correspondent in Mexico for five years.   Mexico City, along with New York City and Madrid, are the three largest Cuban Intelligence Centers in the world.

For more information on the role of Cuban Intelligence in the “Sister City” program, see http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/09/cuban-spies-continue-to-exploit-sister-city-progra/?page=all

Contact Information for these spies follows:

CONSEJERA CULTURAL
Sra. María Cristina Delgado Suárez
Email: cultura@ar.embacuba.cu
teléfono: 
(54-11) 4783-2929

CONSEJERO EDUCACIÓN
Sr. Raúl Rodríguez Averhoff
Email: educacion@ar.embacuba.cu
teléfono:  (54-11) 4783-2929

CONSEJERO
Sr. Oscar Redondo Toledo

Embajada teléfono:   (54-11) 4782-9049

Email: consejero@ar.embacuba.cu