Ricardo Alarcon Makes Call for Increase of Solidarity with the Cuban Five

Dec 1 .- The President of the Cuban Parliament, Ricardo Alarcon, made a call on Monday for an increase of actions for the release of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters who remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States.

Speaking to reporters in western Pinar del Rio province, Alarcon recalled that two of these five men, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labañino, will have re-sentencing hearings on December 8th.

“Although any sentence against them is unjust, this event can at least make the case better known to the public and add momentum to the international solidarity movement in favor of these men,” he explained.

The top Cuban legislator commented that in the case of Antonio Guerrero, for example, international solidarity was a key factor that led the judge to reduce his sentence during a re-sentencing hearing a few months ago.

“After ten years of appeals, the fact that the US courts have acknowledged that the sentences against them were excessive – despite the lack of evidence to support the charge of conspiracy to commit espionage – shows the injustice of the US legal system,” Alarcon stressed.

He also recalled that it is the same system that already decided to maintain a sentence of two life terms against Gerardo Hernandez, another of the Cuban antiterrorists.

“Fernando Gonzalez monitored a terrorist group led by Orlando Bosch. However, this criminal walks the streets of the United States as a free man while the Five have suffered countless arbitrary acts in maximum security prisons,” he concluded.

Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez – internationally known as the Cuban Five – were arrested in Miami for monitoring anti-Cuba extremist groups that were planning and carrying out terrorist attacks from South Florida against the Caribbean nation.

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