Prisoner of conscience hospitalized

SANTA CLARA, Cuba, June 11 (Bárbara Jiménez / - Ariel Sigler Amaya, a designated prisoner of conscience who was one of the 75 dissidents arrested and imprisoned in 2003, was hospitalized June 5, according to his wife.

Noelia Pedreza said her husband, serving a 20-year sentence, was taken to the Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima hospital in Cienfuegos in a “delicate state” of health.

She said Sigler Amaya asked officials at the Ariza prison to take him to the hospital as he was feeling ill. She said his health has been deteriorating for the past nine months, but she didn’t what his ailments were.