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Concern in Cuba over Likely Probation for One of the Cuban Five

July 29, 2011

( René’s wife Olga, daughter Yvette and insert of René )

The mother of the Cuban antiterrorist fighter imprisoned in the US Rene Gonzalez, Irma Sehwerert, expressed on Thursday her concern over a likely enforcement of a probation ruling for her son to be served in Miami, once he has totally served his sentence in the United States.

Rene would be at a higher peril in the streets of Miami than in jail, said his mother during a meeting with members of the 22th US-Cuba Friendship Caravan who are in Cuba until July 31.

“Imagine, Rene living in Miami for three years. We would not be at ease for one minute,” said Sehwerert when referring to the legal situation of one of the five Cuban anti terrorist fighters imprisoned in the US since September 1998.

Due to this, his release after 15 years in prison is a cause of concern for all Cubans.

Irma Sehwerert mentioned the efforts of defense lawyers for returning her son to Cuba once he is released from prison.

“If not, we will keep you informed (Caravan members) to see what you can do to protect him,” said Rene Gonzalez’ mother in presence of other relatives of the Cuban Five, as the antiterrorist fighters are known in the international campaigns for their release. The leaders of the Caravan met with Sehwerert and another three relatives of Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez, who along with Gerardo Hernandez and Antonio Guerrero are serving up to double life imprisonment sentences in the US.

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Relatives of the Cuban Five Met with Members of the U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan

July 29, 2011

(acn) The relatives of the five Cubans imprisoned in
the U.S. for fighting terrorism met on Thursday in Havana with the members
of the 22nd U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan.

Among some of the relatives present in the meeting held at the
headquarters of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP) were Rosa Aurora
Freijanes, wife of Fernando Gonzalez; Irma Sehwerert, mother of Rene
Gonzalez; Ailí Labañino, daughter of Ramon Labañino; and Candido Rene
Gonzalez, father of Rene Gonzalez.

Irma Sehwerert, mother of Rene Gonzalez, said that they will always
remember Rev. Lucius Walker because he was a tireless fighter for the
release of the five antiterrorist fighters.

“Lucius will always be among us,” she said and added that he was always
disseminating the truth about the case of the Five in the U.S.,
“attempting to break the wall of silence”.

Irma said that little by little “with everyone’s help, we will get the
people in the U.S. to know about the truth behind Rene, Gerardo
(Hernandez), Fernando, Ramon and Antonio (Guerrero)”. “There is a crack on
that wall and it will soon be broken”, she added referring to the silence
on the case.

The father of Rene Gonzalez, Candido, said that one of the problems in the
U.S. is that the mass media has never reported the truth. “The trial in
Miami,” said Candido, “was manipulated by the press. We learned that
journalists in Miami were paid by the U.S. government to report against
the Five”.

Rosa Aurora Freijanes, wife of Fernando Gonzalez, said that 13 years is
enough.  She stressed that Adriana, wife of Gerardo, and Olga Salanueva,
Rene’s, have not been able to visit their husbands in prison because
Washington continues to deny them entry visas.

A caravanista asked the relatives of the Cuban Five what can they do as
solidarity activists to help get their release since practically all of
the legal aspects of the case have been carried out. Rosa Aurora said that
only with the help of international solidarity can the Five be released.
She recalled that this is a political issue and it’s been very hard for
U.S. solidarity activists to break the silence on the case, but stressed
that President Barack Obama has the executive power to pardon the Five.

Many people, she added, have written to the U.S. president and his wife
Michelle Obama. Rosa Aurora pointed out that Barack and Michelle are both
attorneys and enough pressure from the people of the U.S. can get them to
understand the injustice and violations to U.S. and international law
regarding the antiterrorist fighters.

Many caravanistas pledged to continue working in favor of the Cuban Five.
 Many of them are activists in the International Committee to Free the
Five and others belong to the U.S. committee.  Reverend Tom Smith,
Director of the Board of the Inter-Religious Foundation for Community
Organization (IFCO) said that in honor of Rev. Lucius Walker “we must
continue to fight harder and not stop until our brothers are released and
back home with their relatives”.


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