08/19/13 - Cuba News - Cuban Antiterrorist Jailed in the US Ratifies Optimism about Return to Cuba
Despite the unfair arrest, which has already lasted 15 years and the
arbitrary prison sentences imposed by an irregular trial held in 2001, in
the US city of Miami, "The five keep optimistic," said Labañino.
He said that the best of all birthday parties will be celebrated when all
of them are free, eternal and sovereign Cuba and added that some sunlight
is coming, and that the return home is to take place as soon as possible.
He was referring to the fact that Fernando Gonzalez will meet his unfair
prison sentence in February 2014.
Labañino also expressed his faithfulness to the strong brotherhood
relationship that stemmed from their fight against terrorism. "We will
always be by your side," he said in the letter published by the
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five.
Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez and Antonio Guerrero,
internationally known as the Cuban Five, were arrested in 1998 in Miami and
given extremely long sentences by a Miami court in 2001 after they
monitored Florida-based violent organizations that planned terrorist
actions against Cuba.
Rene Gonzalez met his over 13-year prison sentence in 2011 and was forced
to remain under a three year probation in US territory; however, he
achieved a modification of his parole conditions to return to Cuba in
exchange for the renouncing of his American citizenship.
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