They Are Finally Home!

This morning after more than 16 years, the 3 remaining members of the Cuban 5 were finally freed and are now home in Cuba with their loved ones. Gerardo has now been reunited with Adriana, Ramon is back with Elizabeth and his 3 beautiful daughters and Antonio is with his mother Mirta, the 84 year old tireless inspiration of this struggle, who feared she would die before she saw her son back in Cuba. And of course they are now reunited with their 2 other brothers, Rene and Fernando. This is a moment in which everyone in the solidarity movement with Cuba can rejoice. It is also a victory for the resilient people of Cuba who never wavered in their support for the Five who were always considered heroes of the homeland.

Remember Elian?

The case of Elian González, a six year-old boy forcefully retained by his unknown great-uncles against the will of his father and in clear defiance of US law and decency was widely reported by media around the world. Miami, the place of the kidnapping, became a kind of secessionist city in North America when the Mayor, the chief of police, the politicians, every newspaper and local radio and TV broadcasters, together with religious and business institutions, joined with some of the most notorious terrorist and violent groups in opposing the courts' and government's orders to free the boy.

Without Any Exception Whatsoever?

Venezuela’s formal request for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles was well founded. There is an Extradition Treaty between Venezuela and the United States, ratified by both countries in 1922, which has been implemented for a century.
Venezuela followed the letter of the law, with its Supreme Court issuing an arrest warrant for the fugitive who had absconded from a Venezuelan prison in 1985. The Venezuelan government formally transmitted its extradition request to the United States government on June 15, 2005.

Argentinean Supreme Court Judge Requests Obama to Release The Five

Havana, Cuba, Sep 29.- In a letter addressed to US President Barack Obama, Eugenio Zaffaroni, judge of Argentina’s Supreme Court of Justice, asked the head of state to release the five Cuban heroes incarcerated in that northern country.

It’s a collective letter written at a personal level so other jurists of the region can reiterate it in more or less similar terms, the Cubadebate Web site reported with information taken from the Pagina 12 newspaper published in Buenos Aires.

PROGRESO WEEKLY: A judge grants dubious probation

In 2001, Miami Federal Judge Joan Lenard sentenced five Cuban agents to long prison terms for conspiracy to commit espionage (although no evidence of espionage appeared during the trial). Rene Gonzalez, 55, like the other four, denied he ever engaged in or conspired to commit espionage.
Rene will be released on October 7. Lenard's conditions demand that Rene remain in Miami for three years and be monitored by parole officers, and that he not have any contact with terrorists.

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René González Fernando González Antonio Guerrero Ramón Labañino Gerardo Hernández

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