Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Cuban doctor imprisoned in Bahamas

Cuban doctor imprisoned in Bahamas
NBC2 News
Last updated on: 2/27/2006 7:32:55 PM

CAPE CORAL — A Cuban doctor is being held in the Bahamas after trying to
flee from Cuba to the U.S.

Marialys Darias-Mesa, and another doctor, tried to escape Cuba by boat.
The boat’s engine quit while they were in Cuban waters.

The U.S. Coats Guard recovered the boat and brought the passengers to
Nassau. The two doctors have not yet been released into U.S. custody
even though they have the correct paperwork to enter the country.

The doctors have been stuck in Cuba since last April.

"It's not fair, for 10 months, she is without me, her family, and she is
in a prison. Cuban prisons are hell. The water is brown and rats are
crawling around everywhere," said Darias-Mesa’s husband Ihovany
Hernandez who currently resides in Cape Coral.

Fortunately, the U.S. government is trying to help. Congressman Connie
Mack is pressuring the Bahamian government to release the doctors.

"We are tired of your games. You've left us no choice. Congress must now
consider every available consequence unless you join us in the cause of
freedom," was the message Mack sent to the Bahamian government last week.

The government is still refusing to give up the doctors to the U.S. or
to Cuba.

Mack is trying to set up an economic embargo on the Bahamian government.

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