xtended detention worries Cuban dissidents

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      HAVANA (AP) - Cuban dissidents are expressing increasing concern
about the detention of a man who was part of an earlier release of
prisoners negotiated by the Roman Catholic Church.

      De facto dissident spokesman Elizardo Sanchez said Wednesday
that Jose Daniel Ferrer has been jailed since April 2 in the
eastern city of Santiago for unexplained reasons.

      Ferrer was among dozens of political prisoners freed last year
under a deal with the church. Most went abroad, but Ferrer and some
others stayed.

      Several have been detained briefly since their release, but none
for as long as Ferrer and Sanchez says he's "very concerned"
about his continued detention after three weeks.

      Now 41, Ferrer was among 75 prominent intellectuals, opposition
leaders and activists arrested in 2003 on charges including
treason. They deny the allegations.

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