CaribWorldNews, HAVANA, Cuba, Thurs. Feb. 26, 2010: A 42-year-old political prisoner who was on an eighty five day old hunger strike, is dead.
Leading Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata reportedly died in Havana`s Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital late Monday after he was transferred there from a smaller clinic near his prison in the eastern province of Camaguey.
He had been on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions that he blamed for his deteriorating health.
Zapata had been jailed there since 2003 and was deemed a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. He had been on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions.
In Miami, a Cuban exile group quoted his mother as saying authorities essentially killed her son in Havana. `They have done him in. My son`s death was a premeditated murder,` Reina Tamayo said in a statement released by the Cuban Democratic Directorate.