Cuban Hero Denounces He Was Condemned in a Biased Trial

Madrid, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban anti-terrorist fighter Fernando González denounced that the process against him and other four compatriots, of the widely known group of the Cuban Five, was biased by political influence of the Miami extreme right.

It was political vengeance in the face of frustration for not having been able to do away with the Revolution, said Gonzalez in an interview published this weekend by Spanish daily El Pais.

In his statement, given during a recent trip to Spain, Gonzalez said 16 years after the trial, he still is convinced about politization of the process.

He recalls the first step taken after their arrest by Hector Pesquera, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Miami, was to communicate this to Anti-Cuban Congress members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz Balart, which, he said, was publicly recognized.

Gonzalez, already in Cuba after serving his sentence, monitored in the United States the extremist groups to prevent terrorist attacks against his country, together with Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez and Ramon Labañino, the last three still remaining in prison.

The daily recalls the detention was carried out after Cuba handed information to the United States on the participation of emigrant Cuban extremist immigrants in a campaign of attacks on the island, during which an italian tourist was killed and several hotels damaged.

Gonzalez also said the arrest was made at that moment because the Miami extreme right and its collaborator Pesquera were distraught because both governments could begin to come to terms in any way and they moved to sabotage the approach.

The Cuban hero, who served 15 years, five weeks and 15 days in prison, said that instead of acting against the promoters of terrorism, Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, they detained the group whose mission was to prevent those attacks.

In his statement, Gonzalez, who was appointed Vicepresident of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples, after his return to the island affirmed that now his objective is to commit to work for the freedom of his compatriots in prison.


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