Escapes from isolation and quarantine centers stand out among serious crimes in the province of Matanzas in the current situation of expansion of the SAR-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, Daysi Ramírez Naranjo, chief prosecutor in the western territory, told the ACN.
Ramirez Naranjo explained to the ACN that both the two citizens who left an isolation center in this city and the detainee outside the perimeter of a restricted quarantine zone were severely punished for the crime of spreading the epidemic.
The prosecutor explained that the spreading of an epidemic is a criminal offense present in the Cuban Penal Code to suppress conduct in situations such as those that currently occur, and could result in three months to one year of imprisonment or a fine of 100 to 300 quotas, or both.
In the province of Matanzas, 233 complaints had been filed as of last Thursday, 135 for the spread of the epidemic, 42 for crimes against agents of the authorities, 46 for illegal economic activity, receiving, speculating and hoarding, in addition to a dozen for other less common figures such as robbery, theft and failure to preserve property, he said.
He said that 46 complaints were filed with the People’s Municipal Courts, with 24 trials held and 27 defendants sentenced, of which 20 were sentenced to imprisonment, four to correctional labor with internment, two to correctional labor without internment and one to a fine.
The most common offenses for which the defendants were tried were the spread of epidemics (16), speculation and hoarding (5), illegal economic activities (3) and the offenses of contempt, resistance and disobedience, one in each category, he said.
Ramírez Naranjo, who is also head of the legal group of the Provincial Defense Council (CDP), reported that 92 complaints were filed under article 8.3 of the Code, which calls for the imposition of heavy administrative fines ranging from 200 to 2,000 pesos in local currency, with the possibility of up to 3,000 in exceptional circumstances.
(Taken from ACN)