Farinas, 49, also a dissident journalist who has pressed for a free press and against Internet censorship in Cuba, was also detained in September when he tried to take part in a street protest in Santa Clara, a city east of Havana.
Farinas, who has said he is willing to die for the cause of Cuba s political prisoners and opposing censorship, has been mentioned as a possible Nobel peace prize candidate.
What Farinas and Cabral did not know was that every single move they made was being closely followed by two men sitting on the lobby's sofa, pretending to be guests.
Farinas and Cabral exited the car park in Farinas' white Range Rover, followed by a second vehicle with his two bodyguards.
Farinas has been undergoing treatment at a Santa Clara hospital since March 11, and is being fed nutrients intravenously.
Raul Castro, Cuba's president, has labelled Farinas a common criminal, and said the government will not yield to what it considers to be blackmail.
Farinas, who was awarded the European Parliament s 2010 Sakharov prize, said Soto told him he had been beaten and that he had seen bruises on the lower back of Soto s corpse.
The Americas only one-party communist regime has already detained Farinas several times this year.
Farinas, who has conducted 22 previous hunger strikes, has been in a hospital in the central city of Santa Clara receiving fluids intravenously since he collapsed on March 11.
The Cuban leader noted that Farinas is not behind bars, saying "he is a free person who has already served his sentence for common crimes".
, 48, began his hunger strike seeking the release of ailing political prisoners a day after the February 23 death of dissident prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who refused to eat for 85 days to protest prison conditions.
A photo from 1914 showing, from left, Albert Farina
(great uncle), Annie Farina
(great aunt), Ada Farina
(grandmother), Angelina Farina
(maiden name Bove, great grandmother), Luigi Farina
(great uncle), Marcus Farina