Friday, September 4, 2009

UN official urges U.S. to release 5 Cubans

H.E. Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, M.M.

President of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assemb

The five Cuban spies sentenced as part of a special anti-terrorist squad were monitoring violent Taliban-style Cuban in Miami.
They were convicted for political reasons under the agitation of a local press paid under the table and surrounded by scandals and unethical behavior over the last Bush administration.
None of the charges against these five Cuban agents, one American-born Cuban American, is based on documents revealing military intelligence or ability to give any kind of military order within the island of Cuba. There is no other evidence against them that the collection of information about small terrorist groups that are notorious in the international community for wanting to provoke attacks and civil war-like Pinochet's Chile in the island as is evident in the usual transmission Cuban radio stations in the city of Miami. Even, it is clear that the vast majority of Cuban Americans did not support violent change in Cuba or the destabilization of the Cuban state. quite the contrary, support the development of peaceful and intelligent democracy in Cuba for the entire Cuban nation, within whose objective is the release of five Cubans imprisoned in the U.S. and the release of detained Cubans on the island for their political positions contrary to the socialist system.
Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34233.

"Cuban Five" defendants to get new sentences Oct. 13

July 30, 2009
Reprinted from AP

A Miami federal judge has set an October date to impose new sentences on three of the so-called "Cuban Five" accused of spying in the United States.

A federal appeals court last year ordered new sentences for Fernando Gonzalez, also known as Ruben Campa; Luis Medina [Ramon Labañino]; and Antonio Guerrero. Medina and Guerrero had been serving life terms, and Gonzalez was sentenced to 19 years.

The appeals court ruled their sentences were too long.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard will impose new sentences on Oct. 13.

The five men were convicted in 2001 of acting as unregistered Cuban agents and of espionage conspiracy for attempting to penetrate U.S. military bases. The U.S. Supreme Court in June refused to review the case. They are considered heroes in Cuba.

HAVANA, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann discussed the need for change at the world body and the case of five Cubans imprisoned in the U.S. during a visit to Cuba.
During a meeting with Cuba's interim Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina on Thursday, d'Escoto talked about the UN's role at a new historical time.
Talking about the challenges faced by the world body, d'Escoto said the UN must make changes to keep pace with the current world," The UN has to change, beyond the reforms," he said.
"Climate change is a threat even bigger than the entire world economy," d'Escoto, who will finish his term on Sept. 24, said.
d'Escoto began a five-day working visit to Cuba on Tuesday when he met with relatives of five Cubans who were accused of espionage and have been imprisoned in the United States since 1998.
Describing the case as absurd and a "legal aberration", d'Escoto said he would devote himself to ensure that justice was served in the case.
d'Escoto will also meet with other Cuban officials and present his book "Anti-imperialism and Non-violence."

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