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Mial isn’t anymore

March 6, 2011

Alberto Granado and me, end 2006

US embassy Stockholm refuses to accept letter to Obama

March 6, 2011


March 5th, 2011


White House

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500-0004



Dear President Obama,


In 2010, women in Sweden sent several letters to your wife with an appeal to take up the cause of two Cuban women, Adriana Pérez and Olga Salanueva who, for over ten years, have been denied a visa to travel to the United States to visit their husbands, Gerardo Hernández and René González. Both men belong to the group known around the world as the “Cuban Five”. They were unjustly sentenced for gathering information in the US about terrorist operations in Florida directed against Cuba.


The struggle for Olga Salanueva’s and Adriana Pérez right to family visits is supported by a significant number of religious, judicial and human right organizations, as well as a long list of Nobel Prize winners, members of parliaments, religious and union leaders, jurists, authors, human rights activist, actors and artists, and intellectuals around the world.


On May 27th, 2005, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention denounced the “arbitrary” detention of the Cuban Five, stating that it was a violation of international norm and demanded a new trial. Recently, in a report released in October 2010, Amnesty International noted doubts about the fairness and impartiality of the trial, and called on the US government to review the case and mitigate any injustice through the clemency process or other appropriate means.


Today, committees in support of the Cuban Five from around the world are reaching out to you by phone calls, mails, letters, faxes, requesting that you grant the Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, René González, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González, their immediate freedom.


In Stockholm, the members of the Free the Five Committee adhere to this petition, demanding you to make use of the rights conferred upon you by the US Constitution, as a lawyer, as a father, as a son, as a husband, and as a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to end this colossal injustice and to free the Cuban Five now! And that until this happens, you will grant visas to Adriana Pérez and Olga Salanueva, so that they may immediately visit their imprisoned husbands!


Free the Five Committee, Stockholm, Sweden


Posada Carriles Received Money from the Cuban American National Foundation to Bomb Havana Hotels

March 6, 2011
Oscar Vegau, who has investigated the case of Posada Carriles on behalf of the FBI Anti-terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division, said that the records include 21 money transfers to the terrorist, which were sent during the period of time when the bomb attacks were carried out against Havana hotels.

By: Juventud Rebelde –

EL PASO, Texas, March 4.— Testimonies presented in the trial underway in this city against international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles confirmed that he received funds in 1997 from Cuban-American ultra-right circles in Miami to carry out a chain of bomb attempts against Cuban tourist facilities that same year.
Lawyer Jose Pertierra, who represents Venezuela in its extradition request against Posada, said prosecutor Jerome Teresinski proved how the bomb attempts were financed, during the trial.  
In an article written for Cubadebate website, cited by PL news agency, Pertierra explains that one of the testimonies was given by Oscar de Rojas, teller with the Cuban American National Foundation (FNCA). De Rojas revealed that Arnaldo Monzon Plasencia, executive of that organization, ordered him to transfer thousands of dollars to Ramon Medina, which was the pseudonym used by Posada in el Salvador and Guatamala.
Later Oscar Medina was the man to testify. Vega has investigated the Posada Carriles since 2005 on behalf of the FBI Anti-terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division. The agent gave a detailed explanation about the electronic transfers of money made in favor of Ramon Medina, from New Jersey to El Salvador in 1997; some of these transfers were on behalf of the director of the executive board of the Cuban American National Foundation, named Arnaldo Monzon.
Answering questions by Teresinski, Vega said that the record includes 21 money transfers to the terrorist, which were made right during the period when the bomb attacks against Cuban hotels took place. One of those bombs killed young Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo.
Luis Posada Carriles is being tried under charges of fraud, obstruction of justice and for having lied to US immigration authorities about his entrance into American territory without documents. However, he is not being judged for his long record of criminal actions against Cuba and in other Latin American countries.

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