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Appeal against the arrest of graffiti artist El Sexto rejected; prisoner transferred to Valle Grande

Appeal against the arrest of graffiti artist El Sexto rejected;
transferred to Valle Grande / Diario de Cuba
Posted on January 7, 2015

Diario de Cuba, Havana, 7 January 2015 — The graffiti artist Danilo
Maldonado, known as El Sexto, remains imprisoned in Valle Grande
after authorities rejected the habeas corpus appeal presented by the
Cubalex organization, led by independent counsel Laritza Diversent.

The appeal denounced the “arbitrary detention” of El Sexto which took
place when he led two pigs, named Fidel and Raul, to stage a performance
in Havana’s Central Park on 26 December. The graffiti artist is accused
of “insult.”

Diversent explained to Diario de Cuba this Wednesday that the
authorities rejected the appeal “with very subtle arguments” and hid
behind an assertion that there was “no legal basis” to consider the
arrest as “.”

The independent counsel recalled that her appeal did not cite the
detention as illegal but “arbitrary.” Likewise, in her demand she
specified that the names of pigs, Fidel and Raul, were “common” and that
authorities had to “accept criticism.”

For now, according to independent counsel, there is still no trial date
and she hopes that there will be a change of custody, because the events
in which El Sexto is involved are a “misdemeanor.”

Also, Diversent said that she had sent information to international
bodies so that they will speak out on the situation of graffiti artist.

Source: Appeal against the arrest of graffiti artist El Sexto rejected;
prisoner transferred to Valle Grande / Diario de Cuba | Translating Cuba

http://translatingcuba.com/appeal-against-the-arrest-of-graffiti-artist-el-sexto-rejected-prisoner-transferred-to-valle-grande-diario-de-cuba/

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