09HAVANA278: Cuba colabora con EEUU en caso de tráfico de personas

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Refiere el viaje a Cuba de un grupo de fiscales de la Florida y defensores públicos de ese Estado que viajaron a Cuba para entrevistar acusados en caso de tráfico de personas presos en la Isla. Los miembros del equipo, precisa el cable, expresaron su satisfacción con el proceso. “La última vez que vinieron funcionarios a Cuba para tomar deposiciones fue en 2007 en que personal del FBI tomaron deposiciones de ciudadanos cubanos con respecto al caso de Posada-Carriles.”

Referencia: 09HAVANA278
Fecha del Cable:  2009-05-14 18:06:00
Clasificación: CONFIDENCIAL
Origen:  US Interests Section Havana
Asunto:  El Equipo Legal de Estados Unidos conduce deposiciones de testigos en Cuba exitosamente

Clasificado por: A cargo: James L. Williams por razones 1.4 (b) y (d) del equipo 1

Resumen: Cable del 14 de mayo de 2009 refiere que un equipo compuesto por fiscales de la Oficina del Fiscal General de Estados Unidos del Distrito Sur de la Florida, los defensores públicos  asignados a los acusados en dos casos de tráfico de personas, un reportero de corte, un grafista de video, dos interpretes y dos agentes de DHS/ICE que viajaron a Cuba el 6 de mayo para tomar las deposiciones ordenadas por la corte de 10 ciudadanos cubanos conectados a los dos casos de contrabando. (SBU) El GOC (se refieren  al Gobierno de Cuba) concedió la aprobación formal para el viaje del grupo, otorgando a los miembros del equipo con visas, y ofertaron una de las “casas de protocolo” del Ministerio del Interior (MININT) en el suburbio de Siboney para celebrar las deposiciones.

FIN DEL RESUMEN

El GOC también se encargó de encontrar los 10 testigos deseados por la corte. Al final el GOC (NT: siglas para Gobierno cubano) informó que dos de los testigos habían una vez más regresado a los EE.UU. y que aparentemente habían tenido éxito en su nueva tentativa. Otro se preparaba para una entrevista con la Unidad de Refugiados de la Sección de Intereses y declino atestiguar por miedo de poner en peligro su status de refugiado.

Los siete testigos restantes fueron traídos a la casa de protocolo en el orden solicitado por el equipo. Se proporcionó un espacio en un área separada de la casa para que los abogados de la defensa hablaran con los testigos antes de que los mismos comenzaran sus testimonios. Los funcionarios del GOC le dijeron al equipo que no había ningún problema en que tomaran y registraran los testimonios de los testigos por el tiempo que fuera necesario y al reportero de la corte le fue permitido tomar juramento a los testigos.

El MININT suministró alimento y refrigerios al equipo, que dedicó dos días completos  (7-8 de mayo) para tomar las deposiciones. Cuando habían terminado su trabajo, los miembros del equipo expresaron su satisfacción con el proceso de toma de deposiciones.

COMENTARIO. (c): Ésta es la primera vez,  según recuerdan todos los que actualmente están en la SINA (USINT, siglas en ingles)  que un proceso tan completo de deposiciones de testigos se haya realizado. La última vez que vinieron funcionarios a Cuba para tomar deposiciones fue en 2007 en que personal del FBI tomaron deposiciones de ciudadanos cubanos con respecto al caso de Posada-Carriles.

Tanto el personal del MININT como del  MINREX que estuvieron presente en todas  deposiciones, fueron cordiales y útiles a los miembros del equipo y al personal de la SINA ( USINT, en ingles)  que los acompañaron. Durante el proceso, los funcionarios del GOC observaron interrogatorios bastantes intensos a testigos por parte de los abogados en ambos lados. Esto provocó alguna conversación sobre las aplicaciones técnicas el sistema judicial de los EE.UU. entre los oficiales del MININT y el personal de la SINA y la  AUSA.

CONTINUACIÓN DEL COMENTARIO: No estamos seguros del por qué el GOC decidió ser tan cooperativo como lo fue con este caso. Los  oficiales del GOC presente ciertamente obtuvieron alguna información sobre algunas operaciones de contrabando y sobre cómo el Gobierno Norteamericano (USG, siglas en inglés)  procesa los contrabandistas que puedan serles útiles en el futuro. Si este caso, da señales de buena voluntad para cooperar más con nosotros en asuntos de aplicación de la ley, o establecen un límite superior en tal cooperación está, sin embargo, por verse. WILLIAMS

Cable Original

ID: 09HAVANA278
Dokument dato: 2009-05-14 18:06:00
Release dato: 2010-12-16 21:09:00
Kilde: US Interests Section Havana
header:

VZCZCXYZ0021
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHUB #0278 1341836
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 141836Z MAY 09
FM USINT HAVANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4387
INFO RUCOWCV/CCGDSEVEN MIAMI FL
RHMFISS/CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/COGARD INTELCOORDCEN WASHINGTON DC
RHEFHLC/DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHINGTON DC
RUEAWJA/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON DC
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/NAVINTELOFC GUANTANAMO BAY CU

Hovedtekst:

C O N F I D E N T I A L HAVANA 000278 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/14/2014
TAGS:
SUBJECT: U.S. LEGAL TEAM SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTS WITNESS DEPOSITIONS IN CUBA 

Classified By: CHG: James L Williams for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 

1. (SBU) A team made up of prosecutors from the US Attorney"s Office from the Southern District of Florida, public defenders assigned to the defendants in two criminal
alien smuggling cases, a court reporter, videographer, two interpreters and two DHS/ICE agents traveled to Cuba May 6 to take court-ordered depositions from 10 Cuban citizens
connected to the two smuggling cases. 

2. (SBU) The GOC granted formal approval for the travel of the group, provided the team members with visas, and offered one of the Ministry of Interior"s (MININT) "protocol houses"
in the suburb of Siboney to hold the depositions. The GOC also undertook to find the 10 witnesses desired by the court. In the end, the GOC reported that two of the witnesses had
once again departed for the U.S. and had apparently succeeded in their renewed attempt. Another was preparing for an interview with the Refugee Unit of the Interests Section, and
declined to testify out of fear he would put his refugee status at risk. The remaining seven witnesses were brought to the protocol house in the order requested by the team.
Space was provided in a separate area of the house for defense counsels to speak with the witnesses before they began their testimony. GOC officials told the team there
would be no problem in their taking and recording testimony from the witnesses for as long as needed, and that the court reporter would be permitted to swear in the witnesses. MININT
provided food and refreshments to the team, which dedicated two complete days (May 7-8) to taking the depositions. When they had completed their work, members of the team expressed
satisfaction with the deposition-taking process. 

3. (C) COMMENT: This is the first time in the memory of anyone presently at USINT that such a complete process of deposing witnesses has been carried out. The last time USG
officials came to Cuba to take depositions was in 2007 when FBI personnel took depositions from Cuban citizens regarding the Posada-Carriles case. Both MININT and MINREX personnel
who were present throughout the depositions were cordial and helpful to the team members and to USINT personnel who accompanied them. During the process, the GOC officials
observed some fairly intense cross-examination of the witnesses by the attorneys on both sides. This provoked some conversation about the technical issues of the US judicial
system between the MININT officers and, USINT and AUSA personnel. 

4. (C) COMMENT CONTINUED: We are not sure why the GOC decided to be as cooperative as it was with this case. The GOC officers present certainly picked up some information
about smuggling operations, and about how the USG prosecutes smugglers that may be useful to them in the future. Whether this case signals a willingness to cooperate more with us on
law enforcement issues, or establishes an upper limit on such cooperation remains to be seem, however. WILLIAMS
ID: 09HAVANA278
Dokument dato: 2009-05-14 18:06:00
Release dato: 2010-12-16 21:09:00
Kilde: US Interests Section Havana
header:

VZCZCXYZ0021
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHUB #0278 1341836
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 141836Z MAY 09
FM USINT HAVANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4387
INFO RUCOWCV/CCGDSEVEN MIAMI FL
RHMFISS/CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/COGARD INTELCOORDCEN WASHINGTON DC
RHEFHLC/DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHINGTON DC
RUEAWJA/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON DC
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/NAVINTELOFC GUANTANAMO BAY CU

Hovedtekst:

C O N F I D E N T I A L HAVANA 000278 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/14/2014
TAGS:
SUBJECT: U.S. LEGAL TEAM SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTS WITNESS
DEPOSITIONS IN CUBA 

Classified By: CHG: James L Williams for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 

1. (SBU) A team made up of prosecutors from the US
Attorney"s Office from the Southern District of Florida,
public defenders assigned to the defendants in two criminal
alien smuggling cases, a court reporter, videographer, two
interpreters and two DHS/ICE agents traveled to Cuba May 6 to
take court-ordered depositions from 10 Cuban citizens
connected to the two smuggling cases. 

2. (SBU) The GOC granted formal approval for the travel of
the group, provided the team members with visas, and offered
one of the Ministry of Interior"s (MININT) "protocol houses"
in the suburb of Siboney to hold the depositions. The GOC
also undertook to find the 10 witnesses desired by the court.
In the end, the GOC reported that two of the witnesses had
once again departed for the U.S. and had apparently succeeded
in their renewed attempt. Another was preparing for an
interview with the Refugee Unit of the Interests Section, and
declined to testify out of fear he would put his refugee
status at risk. The remaining seven witnesses were brought
to the protocol house in the order requested by the team.
Space was provided in a separate area of the house for
defense counsels to speak with the witnesses before they
began their testimony. GOC officials told the team there
would be no problem in their taking and recording testimony
from the witnesses for as long as needed, and that the court
reporter would be permitted to swear in the witnesses. MININT
provided food and refreshments to the team, which dedicated
two complete days (May 7-8) to taking the depositions. When
they had completed their work, members of the team expressed
satisfaction with the deposition-taking process. 

3. (C) COMMENT: This is the first time in the memory of
anyone presently at USINT that such a complete process of
deposing witnesses has been carried out. The last time USG
officials came to Cuba to take depositions was in 2007 when
FBI personnel took depositions from Cuban citizens regarding
the Posada-Carriles case. Both MININT and MINREX personnel
who were present throughout the depositions were cordial and
helpful to the team members and to USINT personnel who
accompanied them. During the process, the GOC officials
observed some fairly intense cross-examination of the
witnesses by the attorneys on both sides. This provoked some
conversation about the technical issues of the US judicial
system between the MININT officers and, USINT and AUSA
personnel. 

4. (C) COMMENT CONTINUED: We are not sure why the GOC
decided to be as cooperative as it was with this case. The
GOC officers present certainly picked up some information
about smuggling operations, and about how the USG prosecutes
smugglers that may be useful to them in the future. Whether
this case signals a willingness to cooperate more with us on
law enforcement issues, or establishes an upper limit on such
cooperation remains to be seem, however.
WILLIAMS

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Orlando dijo:

De muy interesante puede catalogarse el cable…considero que hechos como ese deben tener mayor divulgación en la prensa cubana. El diálogo es importante entre los dos países y las muestras de cooperación en temas de interés mutuo constituyen una prueba fehaciente de que se puede avanzar sin renunciar a los principios.

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