May-letter for Mr Obama

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Mr President Obama
 May first, 2014
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20500
USA

Mr President,

Last March 20th, the ex-president of Portugal, Mario Soares, asked you to liberate the Cubans Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, and the next day it was José Mujica, the president of Uruguay’s turn to suggest the same thing, after he’d accepted to receive five prisoners from Guantanamo in his country.
Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal, former president of the Indian Supreme Court, Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob, former judge of the South African Constitutional Court and Philippe Texier, honorary consul of the French Court of Appeal, following the March 7th and 8th investigation committee in the “law society” of London, had asked you also to please grant a pardon to the Cuban Five – René González, Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, the last three being still imprisoned in your country.
Mr. President, you have still not responded to the demand of all these personalities, or to so many others in the world.
The Cuban Five will not be able to be present on May 8th at San Francisco, to receive the Human Rights Prize from the NGO Global Exchange that was awarded to them this year by a selection of their members.
Cuba has never organized, financed or carried out any terrorist attacks against any other country, however, it has always signed every international treaty against terrorism and has manifested its willingness to cooperate in this domain with all States, including the United States.
The Cuban Five were secret agents sent to Florida to thwart terrorist attacks organized in the United States against their country. Your country should show some consideration towards these Cuban agents struggling against terrorism. It could, for example, remember that it was their efforts, during the summer of 1984, which permitted Ronald was preparing an attack against the president, it informed United States authorities by the intermediary of Robert C Muller, the chief of security for the United States mission before the United Nations. The information was complete, with the names of the plotters, the type of arms, where they were hidden and the date and place where the crime was to be committed.
Mister President, how much more time are you going to keep these innocent men in prison? 60 years ago, the Senate voted to censure the policies of McCarthy…
December 3rd 2013, 66 democratic, republican and independent senators, called for you to accord a humanitarian priority to the liberation of Mr. Alan Gross and act expeditiously to take whatever steps are in the national interest to obtain Gross’ release. The Chief Executive Officer of United States Foreign Relations for Cuba, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, declared at the time (Fernando Gonzales had not yet been liberated): “The Cuban government reiterates its disposition to immediately establish a dialogue with the United States government so as to find a solution the Gross affair on mutual bases that take into count Cuba’s humanitarian preoccupations concerning the four national antiterrorist combatants incarcerated in the United States.
On April 8th, Alan Gross felt abandoned when the scandal of the  ZunZuneo social network broke out, began a hunger strike that lasted one week. The Cuban Government has immediately reiterated its proposal for dialogue with your Government for a humanitarian exchange with the three Cubans that remain prisoners.
Hoping that you have the heart to respond rapidly to the multiple expectations concerning this painful question for which you have the key, please receive, Mister President, the expression of my most sincere humanitarian sentiments.

Jacqueline Roussie
64360 Monein (France)

Translated by William Peterson

Copies sent to: Mrs. Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathryn Ruemmler, Janet Napolitano, to Mr. Joe Biden, John F. Kerry, Harry Reid, Eric Holder, Pete Rouse, Rick Scott and to Charles Rivkin, ambassador for the United States in France.

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