Political Prisoner Dies / Angel Santiesteban

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, Border Prison Unit, Havana, 13 April 2015 — Máximo Pradera Valdés has died without completing his lengthy (30 years) sentence. According to the account I heard, he unexpectedly suffered a massive heart attack while visiting with his family, enjoying their pass granted by the prison authorities.

A few months ago Máximo sent me a message: “Tell him that I’m his friend.” I responded, “Vice versa and take care.”

I know that he smoked too much. At least Máximo is now free. It’s a shame that he couldn’t see his country free from the hands of the Castros, whom he hated with all the strength of his soul.

Rest in peace, dear Máximo.

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats

April 13, 2015, Border Prison Unit, Havana