Gorki Aguilar, the Cuban rocker with a penchant for profanity, got off with a fine of about 600 Cuban pesos, according to the blog Penultimos Dias. The original charge against him - "social dangerousness," which is punishable by up to four years in jail - was reduced to "disobedience," the blog reported.
"We won the battle," his band members proclaimed on their web site, Porno para Ricardo.
I haven't seen any of the police or court documents in the case and so I don't know much about it. But I think reducing the charge is a good public relations move on the part of the Cuban government. Keeping Gorki in jail only raises his profile, drawing attention to his sharp jabs against the government and reminding the world that such peculiar crimes as "dangerousness" exist in socialist Cuba.
I haven't seen any photos of him being released, but El Blog del Dia has some nice images of his arrest. (Correction: photos are of him going to the trial on Friday Aug. 29). Update: here is an AP photo of him giving the thumbs up after his release.
I shamelessly swiped the photo of Gorki, above top, from CubaWatcher.
The other photo is from the rock group's web site. It compares Porno para Ricardo's plight with that of the Cuban spies jailed in the United States, which I'm sure is an insult to government loyalists who see the spies as patriots and have fought for years to have them released.
A note about the fine: One convertible Cuban peso equals about 24 Cuban pesos. That would mean that Gorki's 600-peso fine would be 25 convertible pesos or nearly $28 U.S. That's based on the straight exchange rate, not taking into account the surcharge you pay when you exchange U.S. dollars for convertible pesos.
Math's not my strong suit, but that's how I calculate it.
Another note: The Porno Para Ricardo web site says Gorki's last name is Aguila. Wire stories say it's Aguilar. I'm going with Aguilar on this site - if that's wrong, let me know.
Here's the AP's story on Gorki's release.