Cuba Releases Journalist Imprisoned for Reporting on Arrest of Pastors and Christian Homeschool Parents

Cuban journalist Roberto Quiñones Haces

A Cuban journalist who was imprisoned for nearly a year for reporting on the arrest, jailing and trial of Christian pastors and homeschool parents has been released and reunited with his family. 

Roberto Quiñones Haces, a journalist for CubaNet, confirmed his Sept. 4 release in Guantánamo by phone to the news outlet. The 63 year old had been imprisoned since Sept. 11, 2019.

He was convicted of crimes related to disobedience and resistance as he covered the trial of Ramon Rigal and his wife, Adya Expósito, members of the Church of God. They were arrested in April 2019 for homeschooling their children due to concerns about the Cuban public school system’s promotion of socialism and atheism.

Quiñones was sentenced to one year in a labor camp, according to the U.S. State Department.

Throughout their imprisonment, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, as well as other international human rights watchdogs, called for the release of the couple and Quiñones.

The married couple were released at separate times earlier this year.

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Quiñones’ release “overdue,” adding that the charges against the journalist were “dubious.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith

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