Canadian Writer Calls for Freedom of Cuban Five


By Deisy Francis Mexidor
Havana , Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) Canadian writer Stephen Kimber said the Cuban antiterrorist fighters condemned to long terms in U.S. jails were victims of a loss of justice, and the best way to correct that mistake is releasing them.

“If U.S. people understand what really happened, they would feel so indignant as I am by the loss of justice that took place there and would pressure their government to deliver them,” Kimber said in exclusive statements via email to Prensa Latina.

As September 12 will mark the 15 years of the detention of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, and Rene Gonzalez, Kimber will carry out a tour of the United States with his recent book.

From September 11 to 17, the also journalism professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax will speak in Washington DC, Maryland, New York (Manhattan and Brooklyn), and Boston, about his work “Lo que hay del otro lado del mar: La verdadera historia de los Cinco Cubanos” (What lies across the water, the real story of the Cuban Five).

Published by Canadian Fernwood Publishing Company, the book is an attempt to bring the story of the Five in a context that American readers may come to understand, he stated.

Kimber said the text has essentially the story of these men from the alleged desertion “of Rene (Gonzalez Schewerert) in 1990 until his detention in September 1998.”

According to the author, he tried to show what was happening in Miami at the time, how terrorists Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch (who died without being brought to justice), the Cuban American National Foundation, and other Cuban groups plotted to attack the island.

“Counting those parallel stories, I hope the readers will understand why the Cuban government sent the Five to Florida in first place,” he said.

The book uses the information that came out of the trial to help telling the story of what they did and why, but my story does not focus on the trial. That may be the reason for another book, Professor Kimber said.

During the preparation of this work, considered the most important book spread today regarding this complex case, Stephen Kimber analyzed more than 20,000 pages of the trial held against the Cuban Five in that southern Florida city.

The Five were detained in Miami on September 12, 1998, while monitoring plans by Cuban criminal groups that have operated with impunity from there against the Caribbean nation for more than 50 years.

Gonzalez Sehewerert was released from prison in October 2011, after completing his unjust punishment and as an additional punishment, he was subjected to a regime of supervised release within the United States.

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