ISLAMABAD: The 3rd Five Days for the Cuban Five international session was held from June 4 to June 11 in Washington with an aim to increase condemnation in favour of a definitive solution to the case of the Cuban Five anti-terrorists of which Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero unfairly remain in federal prisons in the United States, says a press release issued by the Cuban Embassy.
The release says: “The Cuban Five are five Cuban men, who are unjustly imprisoned in the United States after being arrested by the FBI on September 12 1998 and convicted in the federal court in Miami in 2001 in a political prosecution by the US government. They are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González.
“The five were falsely accused by the US government of committing espionage conspiracy against the United States and other related charges. The five’s actions were never directed at the US government.
They never engaged in nor planned any conspiracy against the government. As the Cuban Five pointed out in their defence, they were on a mission in Miami, beginning in 1990, to monitor the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups, in order to prevent those groups from carrying out attacks on their country, Cuba.
They never harmed anyone nor ever possessed nor used any weapons on their mission. Their objective was simply to protect the people from terrorism. They have spent 15 years being unjustly detained in American jails; punished for a crime that they had not committed.
They demonstrate strong resistance of the Cuban people. They are showing to the world an exceptional example of firmness and dignity in the defence of legitimate rights of independence and sovereignty of the Cuban people.
“After serving his entire sentence, Rene Gonzalez was released on October 7, 2011. Fernando completed his sentence on February 27, 2014 and both of them returned to Cuba.
“Multiple actions have been developed as part of the sessions, including a press conference, a protest outside the White House to ask President Barack Obama for a change in the policy of hostility towards Cuba and the release of the Cuban Five, meetings in the United States Congress and with international personalities and parliamentarians, as well as a lecture on Cuba-US relations and the case of the Cuban Five.
“The breaches in the process and the injustice done to these five men have been the subject of repeated denounces by a worldwide solidarity movement.
This event is another example of it and of the effort of millions of people around the world to put an end to the additional punishment translated into the silence that the US government has imposed around this case.
“Cuba will continue giving special priority to the international denounce of the case of the Cuban Five until we achieve the return of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero to the homeland,” the release concluded.
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