Ricardo Santiago Medina Salabarria
Denial of permission to leave for:
Ricardo Santiago Medina Salabarria, Cuban Priest with passport number 0061120
Church: Roman Byzantine Orthodox of Cuba
Religious Visa Granted March 3, 2004
Reason: To participate in a Synod meeting and receive Episcobal consecration (bishop) Ticket confirmed: April 1, 2004
Denial of permission to leave: April 1, 2004
Signed by: Major Juan Pablo, Chief of the Office Of Emigration and Immigration of 17th and K, Vedado.
Note: After this priest has been invited five times more to religious conclaves (USA-2005); (Columbia en 2007 and in 2008) (Venezuela in 2008 and in 2009); the Cuban government has held up the process by means of delay or refusal of recognized legal status for this type of visa.
Medina Salabarria is consistently cited by the State Security and the issue of each revolves around his permission to leave; last November 24 the police informed him that he did not have the right to leave Cuba for being “An element of investigation by Cuban Counterintelligence.”