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Cuba: Baptist Pastor’s Wife Arrested

ICC Note:

On October 15, her husband was threatened with criminal charges and the next day the police didn’t threaten, they simply arrested her instead. She is accused of engaging in “counter revolutionary” acts, but the real reason is due to her Christian faith, and that of her husband.

By Kiri Kankhwende

10/23/2014 Cuba (CSW)-Yoaxis Marcheco Suarez, wife of Cuban Baptist pastor and religious freedom activist Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, was arrested in the town of Remedios in the province of Villa Clara on 16 October.

During her arrest, Yoaxis Marcheco Suarez was pressured to sign an Official Warning or “Acta de Advertencia”, a document that can be used as justification for future arrests and criminal charges, but did not. She was also told to stop having contact with “counter-revolutionary” elements or risk imprisonment. Another pastor, Yordanis Santi Perez, was arrested and interrogated at the same time.

Yoaxis Marcheco Suarez is the wife of Cuban Baptist pastor and religious freedom activist Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, who similarly resisted pressure to sign an Acta de Advertencia in an interview with the security services on 8 October.

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