Castro's Prisoner Awarded With Prize For Christian Heroism

Late Cuban Communist Dictator Fidel Castro with his younger brother Raul. (AFP)
Late Cuban Communist Dictator Fidel Castro with his younger brother Raul. (AFP)

The prisoner of the Castro brothers unjustly sentenced to thirty years of prison without the possibility of parole received a prestigious reward from the Cuban underground Christian organisation.


The Patmos Institute announced the winner of the most distinguished prize on October 31, Reformation Day, emphasising that Mr.Ernesto Borges Pérez has been consistent in his faith that has transformed his life and the lives of others during his imprisonment.

Mr. Pérez, a former Captain of the Directorate of Counterintelligence, was sentenced by a military court in January 1999 after he questioned the legitimacy of the Cuban totalitarian regime. Although according to Cuban military law, one can be released, after ten years, Mr. Raul Castro stated that Mr. Pérez would have to serve a full sentence in the Combinado del Este prison in Havana, where the regime jailed him.

Mr. Pérez is an alumnus of the KGB Higher School of Soviet Counterintelligence in Moscow. He graduated from the KGB law institute during the time of Perestroika that influenced his thinking and motivated a critical view of his country.

When State Security talks about Ernesto Borges, they can say that I am a traitor. But a traitor who has not given up, who remains firm in his ideas, in his views, he once stated in an interview discussing his political and faith perspective.

The Patmos Institute statement on the awarding the prize, that was delivered to Mr. Raúl Borges Álvarez, Ernesto Borges' father, emphasizes that Ernesto is a prisoner of Castro communism. He has served 23 years in prison for attacking the communist system prevailing on the island from his position as a military counterintelligence officer. It is why he is a political prisoner who has remained faithful to his faith and has not given in to threats, the author of the statement emphasised.

The Institute recognised most of all dignity of Mr. Pérez, and the heroism of his faith forced him to confront unliveable conditions. It said it tried to shine a little light in the darkness of a prison cell.

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