[Ppnews] US Blocks Consular and Legal Visits of Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo
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Fri Jul 13 14:07:34 EDT 2012
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 Announces:**
*U.S. Blocks Consular and Legal Visits of *
*Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo
Once again an additional punishment has been inflicted upon Gerardo
Nordelo, one of the Cuban 5 anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned
in the United States for almost 14 years. On Saturday July 7 Cuban
consuls were not allowed to enter the prison and on Monday July 9 his
lawyer, Martin Garbus, was also denied a legal visit having to resort
instead to enter as a regular visitor. This meant that Garbus could not
enter the prison with any legal documents for Gerardo's current appeal
or any pens or writing paper.
*The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5* denounces
this new arbitrary measure against Gerardo. It seems that it is not
enough for the US government to keep 4 innocent men in prison and
another under a punitive supervised probation, now they add more
impediments to elementary legal and human rights.
We also demand the the US government grant immediate visa to Adriana
Perez to visit Gerardo in prison and to allow Rene Gonzalez to
immediately return home to his loved ones.
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba *
One of the five antiterrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United
States, Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, has
been subject of a new arbitrariness by the authorities of that country,
aiming at hindering his legal process.
Last Saturday, July 7th, the Cuban officers who had been already
authorized by the State Department to carry out a consular visit to
Gerardo, were not able to fulfill it, under the supposed argument that
the memorandum of the Chief of the penitentiary center Victorville, in
California, authorizing their entrance to the prison, was not available
at the reception desk. This fact powerfully calls the attention when,
in addition to the procedures followed by the Cuban Interests Section in
Washington with the State Department to get the authorization for this
visit, Gerardo himself had reconfirmed with the prison´s authorities
that everything was in order.
Additionally, last July 9th, lawyer Martin Garbus, member of Gerardo´s
defense team, who had scheduled a legal visit to review, together with
Gerardo, the documentation related to the current collateral process of
appeal, was not able to do it with the same pretext that the memorandum
of authorization of the chief of prison was not at the reception desk.
Garbus could finally visit Gerardo, thanks to the fact that his name was
on the visitor´s list; however, and given the conditions imposed to the
type of visit he was authorized to, without a legal character, he could
not bring in the documentation our Hero should read and sign, and
neither met with him under the appropriate conditions.
This is not the first time events like this one occur. They have taken
place systematically during every key moment of Gerardo´s legal process.
Just to mention a few examples: in 2010, during the preparations of the
collateral appeal, known as Habeas Corpus, the penitentiary authorities
denied Gerardo the possibility to be visited by his lawyer Leonard
Weinglass in two occasions, and deliberately delayed the delivery of his
legal mail, which prevented his participation in the reviewing. In 2003,
Gerardo was isolated in a punishment cell prior to the presentations of
his direct appeal.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs denounces this new maneuver by US
authorities, aiming at hindering Gerardo´s process of appeal, depriving
him from one of the few rights he has as a prisoner in the United States.
Gerardo has been sent to solitary confinement several times without
justification; he´s had repeated difficulties with his personal and
legal mail; his wife, Adriana, has not been granted visa to visit him
and they have not been able to conceive a child. During his long and
unjust imprisonment, on charges for crimes he did not commit and have
never been proved, his rights have been violated repeatedly.
Cuba will not stop denouncing to the world these violations and will not
cease the efforts to achieve the return to the Homeland of Gerardo and
his other four brothers unjustly imprisoned and retained in the United
States for almost 14 years.
Havana July 12th, 2012
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