Cuba: Alpha 66 made payments to dissident
BY ELAINE DE VALLE
The Cuban government has accused a Miami exile paramilitary group
of making payments to a dissident who was arrested for allegedly
threatening Mexican diplomats and news organizations on the island.
Cuba's Interior Ministry announced Wednesday the arrest of Elizardo
San Pedro Marín, who allegedly worked for Alpha 66.
A rare statement from Cuba's Interior Ministry said San Pedro had
confessed to sending messages that hinted at actions against
Mexico's new envoy to Cuba, Ricardo Pascoe, viewed as
sympathetic to President Fidel Castro's communist government.
Pascoe announced in January that he would close his doors to
San Pedro allegedly confessed to working for Alpha 66 under the
code name ``Adrian'' and taking $1,200 from group for his role
``terrorizing'' those favoring ties with the Cuban government, the
Communist Party daily Granma said.
Nazario denied working with San Pedro, but admitted sending a
telegram. The Interior Ministry said San Pedro sent it to the Mexican
Nazario said he sent it to Pascoe and Mexican Foreign Minister
Jorge Castañeda because Mexico seemed to be softening its stance
``But it was not a threat,'' Nazario insisted.
``We weren't going to do them any harm. We even told them not to
be scared. It was just to call their attention to the matter.''
``Adrian'' does exist, Nazario and other Alpha 66 members say, but
he's not San Pedro. ``Adrian'' is a group, they say.