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Cuban Pastor’s Trial Suspended

01/07/09 Cuba (Christian Solidarity Worldwide) – Thank you for your prayers on behalf of Reverend Roberto Rodriguez. Following our urgent action sent out on Monday 29 December, CSW has learned that the trial, scheduled for that day, was suspended. This may be due to the unexpected attention the case received outside of Cuba. As you may recall the dates of the notification of the trial schedule and the trial itself, which came so close together and just after Christmas, indicate that the authorities hoped that this would go unnoticed by the rest of the world. We are also confident that this is a result of your prayers and intercession.

We appreciate your rapid response and would encourage you to continue to pray for Reverend Rodriguez. Although the trial itself was suspended, the charges against him still stand and it is possible he will be brought to trial at a later date. This experience, of course, is extremely stressful and has had a negative impact on the Reverend’s health.

Praise God for the suspension of the trial and pray that the charges against Reverend Rodriguez and his son Pastor Eric Rodriguez will be dropped. Pray for wisdom for the family and their church as the legal situation is still ambiguous.

Please also continue to send letters and cards of encouragement to the Rodriguez family to remind them that they are not alone.

Please address letters to:

Rdo. Lic. Roberto Rodríguez R., Presidente Nacional
Céspedes No. 132 e/ Plácido y Libertadores
Sagua la Grande; Villa Clara

Please feel free to express Christian messages of encouragement but refrain from making any political statements or criticism of the Cuban government.