[Ppnews] Legal Battle for the Cuban 5 Continues
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Mon Aug 24 22:35:47 EDT 2009
The Cuban Five's Defense Team Says the Battle for the Case Continues
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 21 (acn) The political battle
for the release of the five Cuban antiterrorist
fighters unfairly imprisoned in the US must go
on, said in Havana members of the Cuban Five's defense team.
The lawyers gave a press conference in which they
noted that they represent the juridical side of
the fight for the release of the Cuban Five, the Granma newspaper reports.
Participating in the news conference were Joaquin
Mendez, Leonard Weinglas and Phillip Robert
Horowitzs, defense counsels of Fernando Gonzalez,
Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez, respectively,
as well as William Norris, Ramon Labañino's
lawyer; Tom Goldstein, who headed the defense
team before the Supreme Court; appeal specialist
Richard Klugh; and Rafael Anglada, member of the defense team.
The jurists talked about Antonio Guerrero, Ramon
Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez' process of
re-sentence, set for October 13, for which the
three inmates will be transferred to Miami.
Mendez pointed that, throughout his professional
career, he has never had a case that had taken so
long. "Since they were arrested until today, 11
years later, there is not even a definition of the case," said the lawyer.
Norris hopes that the US government provides the
defense team with the information needed to make
an appropriate preparation for the re-sentence.
Goldstein said the judge should take into account
the long term they have been in jail, the
suffering of the two prisoners and their
families, and also the recognition of the international community.
Meanwhile, Weinglass pointed out that the life
imprisonments imposed on Antonio and Ramon could
disappear, although he commented that he could
not predict what the new sentences will be.
The lawyers said that Tony, Ramon, Fernando and
Rene are concerned about Gerardo, who was
sentenced to two life imprisonments, one of them
for conspiracy to commit murder. Goldstein
explained that the efforts that will be made will
show that this charge is "totally absurd."
Mendez assured that within the arbitrariness and
illegality of the case, the treatment Gerardo has
received is the greatest injustice committed in the case of these five men.
Rene Gonzalez was not benefited by a re-sentence
either. His lawyer, Phillip Robert Horowitz, said
that his defendant is about to serve 15 long
years in prison, where he has maintained, as well
as the rest of the five Cuban prisoners, an excellent behavior.
Cuban Website Slams US Cruel Treatment of One of the Cuban Five
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 24 (acn) The US government is
cruelly maltreating Gerardo Hernandez Cordelo,
one of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters
imprisoned in that country, according to a report
posted on CubaDebates website.
Under the headline ¡Vaya manera de respetar el
debido proceso! (What a way of respecting due
process!), the article notes how the US
administration deliberately chose the date to
notify Gerardos wife, Adriana Perez, that she
was denied, for the 10th time in 11 years, a visa
to travel to the US to visit her husband in prison.
This years July 15th, the day of the 21st
wedding anniversary of Gerardo and Adriana, she
was informed by Washington's Interest Section in
Havana that she was not allowed to enter the US.
Likewise, when the Supreme Court rejected the
appeal to review the Cuban Fives case that
included Gerardos cause, the date for the
announcement of such decision was also carefully
chosen: June 4th, Gerardos birthday.
In a conversation with American journalist Saul
Landau the Cuban prisoner said this treatment
might be the way the FBI (Federal Bureau of
Investigations) found to take revenge for his
position of refusing to betray Cuba.
Depriving me of the possibility of seeing my
wife is part of the same process; the
interrogations, the offers for us to sell
ourselves to them (FBI), the months in solitary
confinement. But the plans the FBI or the
administration could have had did not work out.
Adriana has been granted only one visa in 11
years, during which she has periodically
requested permission to enter the US. It turned
out to be a bad joke from the Bush administration in 2002, reads the article.
When she landed in the George Bush International
Airport of Houston (Texas), she was welcomed by
an FBI committee that took her fingerprints and
interrogated her for 11 hours while depriving her
from the right to have a lawyer or to request
advice from her consular representation.
Afterwards, the committee revoked the visa and
sent the young woman back to Cuba without letting her speak to her husband.
In 2005 the US administration made fun of her
again by denying the visa on the grounds that she
was considered a possible immigrant.
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