The sun, the beach, the gaol!
Wait, the what?
A photographer with a media business in Toronto, Hughes said he had been travelling through the Americas, previously going to Panama and Colombia. He had brought a drone with him, which he used to shoot photos and videos. He said he did not have any issues using it the drone in other countries, and no problems bringing it in through Cuban customs on Sept. 28.
But two days later, the drone proved to be a significant problem.
Hughes said he and a Cuban friend and tour guide were questioned by police about the drone at the Plaza de la Revolucion, a historic square home to the Cuban administration. The pair was taken to a police station, where Hughes said they were interrogated for around 12 hours. He said he was brought to his rental apartment to pick up his clothes, and then brought to a detention centre, where he would remain for nearly two weeks — but never charged.
In case you think the word gaol is too medieval, let me point out that Hughes was held in a
dark two-by-two-metre cell, with no electricity, a small hole in the wall for a window and just a hole in the ground for a toilet