Ex-Police Official in Same Jail as His Victim’s Brother / Laritza Diversent

Amado Interian, the former official of the Ministry of the Interior, who shot Angel Izquierdo Medina, 14, while Mr. Medina was eating fruit from a mamoncillo tree this past July 15th, is being held in the same prison awaiting trial, as the victim’s brother.

“They put him there so that my son can carry the rap for the murder he didn’t commit,” affirmed Raiza Medina, mother of Izquierdo Medina, referring to the authorities, when her eldest son informed her, from the Valle Grande prison in Havana, that they had placed his brother’s assassin, in the same prison where he was being held.

“I am not healthy enough to withstand 20 more years, they know that a death in there costs 20 years”, said Raiza, who suffers from a chronic renal insufficiency and fears for her eldest son, Roilan Herce Medina, arrested, according to the family, for an alleged assault.

“I know that my son remains there and it’s going to get complicated, because one has to have very cold blood knowing that someone has murdered your brother, seeing the assassin on a daily basis, and not being able to do anything,” she commented. Mrs. Medina thinks that the authorities did it on purpose so that her son will react against Interian.

“They are finding an excuse so that later they will be able to take him (Mr. Medina) out of there and put him in his son’s house, who is an assembly deputy and who is doing everything possible to put the land where his father killed my son, in his father’s name.”

“Maybe they are only looking for one or another of them to seek revenge and take justice into their own hands”, said the maternal grandmother of Angel Izquierdo. Many of the residents of Mantilla, where the young Izquierdo lived and where Amado Interian practiced as Chief of the police sector, are serving sentences or awaiting trial in the same penitentiary.

According to information given to the victim’s mother by Major Maikel Nuviola, the preliminary investigations into her son’s death are inconclusive due to a lack of statements by two witnesses who accompanied the young Mr. Izquierdo, that fateful day.

It was Mrs. Izquierdo who took a second set of declarations made by the two witnesses to the Department of Territorial Investigations, on 100th and Aldabo, because the first statements taken the day of the killing, were lost at a police station in Capri. Additionally, the present statements have not yet reached the hands of the District Attorney because he is on vacation.

Regarding the alleged cause of death, acute anemia, certified by the authorities, the victim’s mother affirmed, that the investigator on the case and the state institution, confirmed to her that the bullet shot by Interian entered her son’s body from the left side, destroyed the femoral artery, crossed through his kidneys and liver, then lodged itself in the lung, causing the youth’s death almost instantly.

Translated by Ya Viene LLegando

August 22 2011