Most of The Economist Readers Consider the Sentences Imposed on the Cuban 5 Were Unjust

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:31
encuesta.jpgHavana, Cuba, Oct 18.- An overwhelming majority of participants in an online poll by the British newspaper, The Economist, consider the sentences imposed on the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters condemned in the U.S. were unjust.

From October 11 to 17, more than 4,900 people had answered to The Economist’s question: “Did the Cuban Five receive fair jail sentences?” to which 95 percent has responded “No.”

Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, known as the Cuban Five, were sentenced for monitoring anti-Cuba and extreme-right groups based in Florida, which have organized and conducted terrorist crimes against the Cuban people. “The group’s jail sentences ranged from 15 years to life,” The Economist explained in the introduction to the opinion poll.

According to Prensa Latina, in the first vote count, made October 14, 90 percent of participants had voted in favor of the Cuban Five.

One of the Cuban Five, Rene Gonzales was released from jail on October 7, after serving a 15-year term, but he must stay in the U.S. for three years more on probation, which is an additional punishment imposed by judge Joan A. Lenard, of the Southern District of Florida. (ACN)

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