Relatives of Cuban Five Urge Obama to Release Proofs about the Case

Havana.— Relatives of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters held in the U.S. since 1998 urged Washington to release the necessary proofs to clarify their case.

Adriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez—who was arrested along Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez-, said that crucial evidence for the process remains unreleased,PL news agency reported.

During a video lecture between Havana and Caracas, Perez urged US President Barack Obama to release the satellite images recorded on February 24, 1996, which could help exonerate her husband from the charge of murder in the first degree. That day Cuba’s air force downed two planes of the counterrevolutionary organization known as "Brothers to the Rescue" that violated Cuban air space.

Washington refuses to release the satellite images under the pretext that they constitute a threat to US national security, but in fact the United States is hindering a transparent judicial process, Perez denounced.

Olga Salanueva, wife of Rene Gonzalez, criticized the forced stay of her husband in US territory, because after he met his sentence and was released from prison last October 7, he has to meet a three-year probation, which prohibits him from returning to Cuba.

The Cuban Five would have not stayed on American soil if the US administration had kept an eye on the terrorists that reside there, Salanueva pointed out.

The laws exist to make justice not to incarcerate heroes and release assassins, and as long as these five men are held in that country, US authorities will be violating the principles of their own legal system, said lawyer, Jose Pertierra, who represents Venezuela in the extradition process against Posada Carriles. (RHC)

Source: Periodico


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