Cuban Ambassador Denounces Injustice vs. Rene Gonzalez

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 8. -Cuban ambassador to Brazil Carlos Zamora denounces Saturday a new injustice against Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States, by preventing him to immediately return to his homeland.In statements to Faixa Livre radio program, the Cuban diplomat said Rene was released from prison on Friday, after having serving until the last minute his unjust sentences.

"We thought Rene had completed his long martyrdom in prison, where he was cruelly treated for over 13 years of imprisonment, and could then return to Cuba to reunite with his wife, motgher and two daughters.

On September 16, South Florida District Judge Joan Lenard rejected a motion filed by Rene requesting being allowed to travel to Cuba and reside there instead of serving three years of supervised release in U.S. territory.

Rene, along with Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, are the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters against terrorism.

They were detained on September 12, 1998 when gathering information to Cuba on violent anti-Cuban groups who act with total impunity in Florida.

Convicted in mid 2001, the Cuban Five, as they are universally known, were condemned in December that year to long and unjust sentences ranging from 15 years to double life terms plus 15 year. The latter imposed on Gerardo Hernandez.

Zamora stated that the U.S. justice has now imposed to Rene an additional three-year period of supervised release in Miami, USA.

This is an action of political vengeance and cruelty against Rene, while putting his life at risk, so the judge recognizes in her decision the existence of terrorist in Miami, the diplomat said.

The Cuban ambassador's accusation and demand received immediately support of the radio program's announcer, who not only spoke out for the return of Rene to Cuba, but also the immediate release of his partners.

Zamora is attending in Rio de Janeiro the celebrations on occasion of the 20th anniversary of Inverta newspaper, official publication of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (PCML) in Brazil. (Prensa Latina)