Man's choice: abandon wife or house
HAVANA, Cuba - May 29 (Roberto Santana
Rodríguez / www.cubanet.org) - Juan
Carlos Linares has run afoul of Cuba's bureaucracy,
and as a result has been fined for cohabiting
with his wife.
Linares, who owns a house in Old Havana,
said he cannot have his wife move in with
him because housing authorities do not allow
new residents to move into the historic
The wife, then, lives in a house in the
Diez de Octubre municipality which, incidentally,
she has been trying to buy for the last
three years. That is to say, she has been
processing paperwork for the purchase of
the house for the last three years.
The problem, Linares said, is that if he
registers as a resident in Diez de Octubre,
he would lose the property in Old Havana.
So he lives with his wife in her house,
but since he is not registered as a resident
in the district, was fined last October
450 pesos, which by now have doubled to
900 since he hasn't paid.
And he won't pay, he said, even though
he could be sent to jail for up to a year
if he doesn't.
Linares said authorities have suggested
to him that he either separate, at least
temporarily, from his wife, that he visit
her at night, or that he try not to be seen
by any neighbors who could denounce his
presence in the district.
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