Cuban Anti-terrorist Jailed in the U.S. Ratifies Optimism about Return to Cuba

Cuban Anti-terrorist Jailed in the U.S. Ratifies Optimism about Return to Cuba

Cuban Anti-terrorist Jailed in the U.S. Ratifies Optimism about Return to Cuba

HAVANA,  Aug 19 – Ramon Labañino, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters, who were given unfair and long prison terms in the United States, ratified his optimism about their return home, in a letter he wrote to his compatriot Fernando Gonzalez, who turned 50 years on August 17.

Despite the unfair arrest, which has already lasted 15 years and the arbitrary prison sentences imposed by an irregular trial held in 2001, in the US city of Miami, “The five keep optimistic,” said Labañino.

He said that the best of all birthday parties will be celebrated when all of them are free, eternal and sovereign Cuba and added that some sunlight is coming, and that the return home is to take place as soon as possible. He was referring to the fact that Fernando Gonzalez will meet his unfair prison sentence in February 2014.

Labañino also expressed his faithfulness to the strong brotherhood relationship that stemmed from their fight against terrorism. “We will always be by your side,” he said in the letter published by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five.

Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez and Antonio Guerrero, internationally known as the Cuban Five, were arrested in 1998 in Miami and given extremely long sentences by a Miami court in 2001 after they monitored Florida-based violent organizations that planned terrorist actions against Cuba.

Rene Gonzalez met his over 13-year prison sentence in 2011 and was forced to remain under a three year probation in US territory; however, he achieved a modification of his parole conditions to return to Cuba in exchange for the renouncing of his American citizenship.

Source: ACN

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