Havana, Cuba, Jul 22, 2021 / 15:19 pm
Cuba’s communist government has drafted a law that would equate the role of dissidents’ defense lawyers with that of public officials.
In May, the People's Supreme Court, Cuba's highest judicial authority, drew up a series of legislative proposals that it sent to the island's legislature, the National Assembly of People’s Power, for passage.
Among these proposals is the “Draft Law on Criminal Procedures,” which could equate the role of a defense lawyer for dissidents with that of a “public employee or official,” putting the lawyer at the mercy of pressure and sanctions from the government
A group of Cuban lawyers, who asked to speak with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the government, warned that this bill "would violate impartiality," because "the Prosecutor's Office represents the state, it’s a public functionary. Imagine if the defense lawyer also were.”