Questions re: Miami couple detained in Cuba
- Associated Press
Article published Jun 30, 2003
Questions remain in case of Miami couple detained in Cuba
CAMAGUEY, Cuba Questions left unanswered by both relatives
and the authorities still swirl around the case of a
Cuban-born husband and wife who family members say were
arrested for spying during a visit here more than two months
Relatives in this city in central-eastern Cuba told
Associated Press Television News over the weekend that legal
U.S. residents Maria Soledad Angulo and her husband, Arcel
Cardoso, were arrested in Havana on April 8 as they and
their two daughters were waiting to board a flight back to
Marisel Angulo, of Camaguey, said Cuban authorities told her
and other relatives that the espionage charges stemmed from
a letter found hidden in her sister Maria Soledad Angulo's
brassiere during a search at the international airport.
No one outside the family, including Cuban authorities, have
independently confirmed the facts of the case.
Marisel Angulo and other relatives told the APTN team they
did not know who the letter was from, who it was written
for, why it had been hidden, nor what it contained. They
said they waited to go public about the case because they
had hoped things would work out.
"We had hope in the revolutionary process, and that this was
all just a mistake," Marisel Angulo said.
Cuba's Foreign Ministry said Monday that it had no comment
on the case.
The U.S. Interests Section previously said it was not
involved in the case because those arrested were not
Marisel Angulo said she learned of the arrests when security
officers arrived at her home on April 8 with the couple's
two daughters, ages 15 and 7. Relatives in Camaguey cared
for the girls until they returned to family members in Miami
on April 17.
The Angulo sisters' brother, Omelio, of Camaguey, was
arrested one day after the couple was detained on related
charges and remains in custody, the family here said.
About 150,000 people - most of whom were born in Cuba -
travel to the island every year to visit relatives.
Cuban-born U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a
Republican from Miami, has pressed the U.S. State Department
to help the family.
A State Department official said the couple are not spies
and urged the Cuban government to proceed with their case
with more transparency. But because the couple are not U.S.
citizens, the state department does not have a right to