A Spoken Autobiography
- Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet
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Along with General Ochoa, other high ranking officials were also arrested, Colonel Tony de la Guardia, Captain Jorge Martinez, and Major Amado Padrón. These men were all found guilty as charged and were sentenced to the death penalty which was carried out on July 13 of that year. Others who were also arrested were sentenced to long prison terms.
At the same time, and in a related case, Minister of the Interior Jose' Abrantes, along with several others, were also found guilty of the same crimes and sent to 20-year prison sentences. Jose' Abrantes died while in prison two years later.
The world sat stunned as these events unfolded. In 1989, the Soviet Union had not yet folded, though it was obviously on its last legs, and had shifted its major focus from assisting liberation causes around the world to ending hunger and suffering from diseases around the world. The rumblings from the great imperial giant to the north had ebbed a bit and normalcy seemed to be slowly returning to the region when the case of General Ochoa blasted the journalistic calm.