What is Behind the Arrest of the Ex-President of Cuba's Central Bank? /
Juan Juan Almeida
Juan Juan Almeida, 14 November 2016 — At the beginning of October the
former Cuban diplomat and ex-president of the Central Bank, Hector
Rodrigues Llompart, was arrested. It is said that during the raid on his
home in the Casino Deportive neighborhood, several bags of money hidden
behind a false wall were seized, but few manage to offer a coherent
explanation of this, and for that reason we follow the case.
A family source, who prefers to be surreptitious until the end of the
legal process, says that "the soldiers who came said that he was
detained for the presumed crime of influence trafficking; but a retired
man, age 82 and without access to power, can't traffic influences,
because he doesn't have any influence. This is no more than another case
organized to intimidate the members of the ancien régime.
"The reality," he continued, "is that due to his own work experience of
many years, Llompart knows how to work the Cuban financial system, and
for some time has offered and charged for advice to foreign businessmen
who want to invest in Cuba. This is not illegal." And in addition, I
recall that the current wife of the ex-minister works for a foreign firm
based in Cuba.
For his part, the prosecuting instructor with access to information says
that "the investigation began as a large cluster of errors," and
concluded with a certain irony "without solid proof, that the order that
came to us from the Commission for Defense and National Security (CDSN)
was only accompanied by a summary plagued with assumptions that arrived
signed entirely with pseudonyms."
Who ordered the arrest?
The arrest of the former Deputy Foreign Minister, former president of
the State Committee for Economic Cooperation, former vice president of
the National Commission for Economic and Scientific-Technical
Cooperation, and former President of the National Bank of Cuba, was not
ordered by any police entity, nor by the military prosecutor, but by the
The same prosecutor instructor detailed that "the reports warned that
the former Cuban leader met regularly with foreign businessmen and some
diplomats. Because of that, and because of the excess of pressure
exercised by the tenebrous CDSN, the designated judge instructor
assumed, as a primary conclusion, that Llompart was giving classified
information to some Asian or European special intelligence service.
"The investigation is restricted to avoid leaks, but it is not difficult
to deduce that, taking into account the age and name of the accuses,
although in reality they have found an obscene amount of saved money,
this criminal process will end up with an agreement."
"It is not an isolated event," he concludes, "this reflects a new
realignment, a capricious period of unknowns where I assure you that
there is going to be a repeat of these kinds of criminal actions against
well-known names that historically have defended traditional
conservative positions, but who oppose the policies of the current
leadership of the country."
Source: What is Behind the Arrest of the Ex-President of Cuba's Central
Bank? / Juan Juan Almeida – Translating Cuba -