San Salvador, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Lawyer Jose Pertierra said in El Salvador that the case of the Cubans being arbitrarily held prisoner in U.S. prisons is politically-based, and the United States should resolve it. “This is a political case and the best solution is political. The United States should resolve it,” Pertierra told Prensa Latina, in the context of a meeting of the Salvadorian Coordinating Committee of Solidarity for Cuba.
The meeting is part of activities lending support to the International Campaign for the Cuban Five, as the case is internationally known.
This does not concern the United States “doing anything to favor Cuba, but it should politically eliminate the problem of the Cuban Five because before the eyes of the world, the injustice committed against those men is evident,” he said.
Rene Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labañino were arrested in 1998, while monitoring extreme rightwing groups that planned and executed terrorist actions against Cuba from U.S. soil.
They were brought to trial, with an invented charge of having endangered U.S. national security, and as such they were convicted as spies and given disproportionate prison sentences, ranging from 15 years to double life term plus 15 years, the latter imposed against Gerardo Hernandez.
“Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez are now free, but only after they fully complied with their unjust sentence in the United States, and nobody can undo that,” Pertierra stressed.
Now, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Gerardo Hernandez still remain in prison, and in case of Gerardo, under a sentence of double life imprisonment plus 15 years, he said.
Pertierra stated that U.S. President Barack Obama has legal authority through Executive clemency and his signature, to release the three Cubans who remain imprisoned.