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Double Standards in Cuba’s Criminal Proceedings

“Hacemos Cuba” is a TV show that is broadcast on national TV every week. Well-known figures are invited, whether that’s because of their reputation as lawyers or because of the role they play within legal or administrative institutions. I don’t normally watch it. It doesn’t sit well with me for reasons that are irrelevant right now.

However, two weeks ago, I paid attention to one of its episodes. I was watching it for a few minutes, long enough for me to confirm something that we’ve been expecting ever since the new Constitution was enacted: new laws in Cuba’s Penal Code are on the horizon.

The minister of Justice announced that a new Code of Criminal Procedure was being drafted. When the host asked questions about the lawyer’s role in criminal procedure, how victims are treated, etc., the minister spoke enthusiastically, although he didn’t go into exact details about these changes.

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