The Ex-President of the National Bank of Cuba Has Been Arrested / Juan
Juan Juan Almeida, 26 October 2016 — Under the alleged charge of
influence peddling, Héctor Rodríguez Llompart, an ex-Cuban diplomat and
the ex-President of the National Bank, was arrested.
“No one knows the motives,” said a source close to the Llompart family.
“I think after the Ochoa case, the people running this country lost all
the elements of inhibition in human conduct.”
Retired and 82-years-old, on August 8, 2016, there appeared in Granma an
article that was later reproduced for the digital portal, Cudadebate. It
was entitled “Viva Fidel,” in allegory to the 90th birthday of the
ex-Cuban leader. However, in spite of his advanced age, his copious
history and the laudatory writing about Fidel, Llompart was arrested at
home, in the Casino Deportivo neighborhood, together with his wife,
Llompart, ex-Vice Chancellor, ex-President of the State Committee for
Economic Collaboration (CECE), ex-Vice President of the National
Commission on Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation and
ex-President of the National Bank of Cuba, is known for depenalizing the
dollar in 1993, and for the implementation of the Cuban Convertible Peso
as the second official currency in 1994. Both measures had a significant
impact on the economy and on living conditions for Cubans.
According to sources consulted, Patricia Arango, Rodríguez Llompart’s
wife, after being freed and subjected to a search of her home, has been
confined to her house.
Héctor Rodríguez Llopart is a native of Havana and did not join the
Rebel Army during the conflict in the Sierra Maestra. He passed through
the Cuban Chancellery, where he was Vice Minister, Minister-President of
the CECE, and then the President of the National Bank of Cuba for 10 years.
Translated by Regina Anavy
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