Archive for May 25th, 2013

Cuban Anti-Terrorist Thanks Religious Groups for Their Solidarity with Cuban 5

May 25, 2013

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Anti-terrorist fighter Rene Gonzalez thanked the many religious denominations in Cuba, Latin America and worldwide today for their solidarity and ongoing efforts to end the incarceration that four of his companions have suffered in the United States since 1998.

Gonzalez, along with Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and Ramon Labañino, were arrested for warning their country about violent plans by terrorist groups operating on U.S. soil.

“We cannot forget that we still have four brothers undeservedly confined in U.S. prisons,” said Gonzalez, speaking to some 300 religious representatives from 20 countries participating in the 6th Latin American Council of Churches which opened here on Wednesday, May 22.

“They, as well as you, are defending the most precious thing known to man: life,” said Gonzalez, who called for continuing a tireless struggle to return the men to their people.

Rene Gonzalez, after completing his prison term, was forced to serve three years more of supervised release in the United States, but those conditions were modified by Judge Joan Lenard on May 3.

Lenard agreed to allow Gonzalez to remain in Cuba, in exchange for his renunciation of U.S. citizenship, a process that began with a certification issued by that country’s authorities on May 9.

More Than 20 Countries to Attend Cuban 5 Campaign Event

May 25, 2013

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More than 20 countries will be represented from May 30 to June 5 in Washington as part of the campaign for the release of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United States.

In addition, around 20 key events are scheduled during the so-called Second “Five Days for the Cuban Five” Campaign in Washington DC, the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five told Prensa Latina.

One of the activities that is arousing the most interest among activists and friends supporting this cause is the June 1 rally in front of the White House, under the slogan “Enough! Free the Cuban Five Now!” a statement said.

That peaceful protest will demand “ending travel restrictions, taking Cuba off the unilaterally created list of state sponsors of terrorism, an end to the genocidal blockade, and the closure of the detention and torture center at the Guantanamo naval base,” the Committee stated.

The source also added that on the evening of June 1, legendary fighter Angela Davis will speak on social justice and the case of the Five at St. Stephens Church.

A delegation of Cuban immigrants resident in Miami will also attend this week of activities.

The text stressed that Rene Gonzalez, who recovered his freedom by renouncing U.S. citizenship after having completed his sentence, urged President Barack Obama to have courage and grant a pardon to his companions, still confined in federal prisons.

Organized by the International Committee, participants at Washington’s event will demand that Obama, as a 2009 Nobel Peace Prizewinner, president and lawyer, end this terrible injustice.”

Along with the hosts, parliamentarians, jurists, writers, journalists, human rights organizations and activists from Argentina, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, and Venezuela will attend the second edition of this campaign.

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Panamanian Lawyers to Impugn Appeal of Annulment in Favour of Posada

May 25, 2013

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Panama, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Lawyers in lawsuit in the case of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and his accomplices in Panama who were punished because of terrorism and indulted by former president Mireya Moscoso, will impugn a cassation to revoke their penal sentences.

So it was said by Julio Berrios, one of the five lawyers in the trial in Panama against Posada, Pedro Remón Rodríguez, Gaspar Eugenio Jiménez Escobedo and Guillermo Novo Sampoll.

Posada and his friends were going to blow up the Paraninph of the University of Panama in 2000 to try to murder Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro.

After a long penal process, they were sentenced, but only for the attempt of attack with explosives and false documents, and indulted by former panamenian president Mireya Moscoso on August 26, 2004.

Berrios said the defenders want to revoke the sentence and they will give a press conference on Wednesday, on the penal process.

“I think that the Panamanian Supreme Court does not have any other alternative than to keep the sentence. And our courts will have to request the US government to give back those criminals so they finish their penal sentences in our country,” he said.

Berrios also said once the arguments of the defense to revoke the punishment will be rejected, lawyers should proceed for a request of extradition of the criminals, but he had his doubts on the topic, because those criminals are protected by the US government.


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