US embassy cable - 00HARARE3349

THE UNHCR EFFORT TO FREE THE CUBAN DOCTORS DRIFTS

Identifier: 00HARARE3349
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE3349 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-06-21 09:47:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREF PGOV PHUM PREL ZI CU
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
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USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 003349 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR PRM A/S TAFT, PRM/A, PRM/AAA, AF/S, AF/PD, 
WHA/CCA 
NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS 
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LONDON FOR PFLAUMER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/21/10 
TAGS: PREF, PGOV, PHUM, PREL, ZI, CU 
SUBJECT: THE UNHCR EFFORT TO FREE THE CUBAN DOCTORS 
DRIFTS 
 
REF: HARARE 3344 
 
CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD FOR REASONS 1.5 
B/D. 
 
1. (C) UNHCR ATTORNEY MICHIEL SALOMONS INFORMED CONSUL 
ON JUNE 21 THAT DOCTORS LEONEL CORDOVA RODRIGUEZ AND 
NORIS DEL CARMEN PENA MARTINEZ NOW HAVE VISAS STAMPED IN 
THEIR CUBAN PASSPORTS ALLOWING TRAVEL TO THE UNSPECIFIED 
COUNTRY WILLING TO RECEIVE THEM.  HE SAID THAT 
IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS ATTEMPTED TO TRANSFER THE DOCTORS 
TO HARARE CENTRAL PRISON, BUT THE PAIR BALKED.  THE 
UNHCR HAD PREVIOUSLY BROUGHT THE DOCTORS TO HARARE 
CENTRAL PRISON, WHERE SEVERAL INMATES THREATENED TO RAPE 
DOCTOR CORDOVA IF HE WERE PLACED AMONG THEM.  SALOMONS 
SUGGESTED THAT THEY BE RETURNED TO GOROMONZI DETENTION 
CENTER, BUT THE OFFICER IN CHARGE WOULD NOT HAVE THEM 
BACK.  THE TWO REMAIN IN A REMAND FACILITY WITHOUT 
RUNNING WATER; THE DOCTORS HAVE NOT SHOWERED FOR FOUR 
DAYS AND ARE BRUSHING THEIR TEETH WITH BOTTLED WATER 
BEING BROUGHT BY UNHCR AT THEIR DAILY VISITS. 
 
2.  (C) THE UNHCR ATTORNEY REPORTED THAT A DECISION HAD 
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BEEN MADE LOCALLY TO REFER THE CASE TO UNHCR 
HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA FOR FURTHER HANDLING IF THE 
ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT DID NOT MAKE A DECISION TO RELEASE 
DOCTORS CORDOVA AND PENA BY COB JUNE 21.  UNHCR ATTORNEY 
SALOMONS TOLD CONSUL THAT HE WAS SCHEDULED TO DEPART 
HARARE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 23, LEAVING ONLY REGIONAL 
REPRESENTATIVE BAJULAIYE TO HANDLE THE CASE. 
 
MCDONALD 
 
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