Prominent Nicaraguans: Free the Cuban 5

Managua, Nov 2. -Prominent Nicaraguan figures are currently among the signatories of a letter addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama, demanding the release of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in that northern nation.The signatories, who include culture, science and religious figures, are members of the Nicaraguan Chapter of the Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity, and were convened by former Foreign Minister and former UN General Assembly President, Father Miguel D´Escoto.

In the letter, they ask Obama to use his constitutional prerogatives to do justice in the case of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly condemned in flagrant violation of U.S. and international law.

They also demanded the immediate return to Cuba of Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez, detained on September 12, 1998, for alerting their country about violent actions planned in U.S. territory.

The signers, among them Aldo Diaz Lacayo, Oscar-Rene Vargas, Orlando Nuñez Soto, Francisco Lacayo Parajon and Father Uriel Molina, demanded the western international media to have the courage to collect and disseminate the truth.

The document also referred to the situation of Rene Gonzalez, who is prevented by an arbitrary legal act to return to his country after being released from a prison and forced to stay in Miami for three years of supervised release, a condition the signers described as a unprecedented in its cruelty.

The letter reaffirmed the Nicaraguan intellectuals´ commitment with justice and solidarity, especially with those who are victims of lies and the concealment of the truth. (Prensa Latina)