According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Pastor Rosales Fajardo, who was detained by State Security officers on July 11th during peaceful protests in the Cuban town of Palma Soriano, is still under arrest. Two other Cuban pastors who were detained during unprecedented nationwide protests in Cuba were released after nearly two weeks in detention on July 24th.
Kori Porter, CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, said: “We call on the Cuban government to release Pastor Rosales Fajardo immediately. We are deeply concerned for his well-being, and it is unacceptable that his wife has been barred from speaking to or even seeing her husband for over three weeks.” Mrs. Fajardo has traveled there multiple times, most recently on July 30th, to bring him food and personal hygiene items, but each time has been blocked from speaking to or seeing him.
On August 2nd, Cuban authorities denied a request by Pastor Fajardo’s lawyer for ‘habeus corpus’, which would have required that the pastor be physically present in court and a reason given for his detention.
His lawyer has only been able to meet with the pastor on one occasion. Photos taken of the pastor at the time of his detention show him in a chokehold. He told the lawyer that he was handcuffed, thrown to the ground, and repeatedly kicked with force in his abdomen and face, resulting in the loss of a tooth.
Pray for Pastor Fajardo’s release from the Cuban prison. Luke 18:27 says, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
The other two pastors, Yéremi Ramírez and Yarian Madrigal, who were released after two weeks in jail, are still facing criminal charges.