US Rapporteur Tells Washington her Concerns about Cuban Five case

US Rapporteur Tells Washington her Concerns about Cuban Five caseHavana, Cuba, Jun 28.- The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Gabriela Knaul expressed Washington her concerns about the judicial process against the five Cuban anti-terrorists held in the U.S. since 1998. Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez, were given long sentences by a Miami court under espionage charges that were not proven.

The UN official expressed her concern about the lack of access by the Cubans to available proofs and documents and about the fact that the habeas corpus petitions filed with the court may be considered by the same judge that was previously in charge of the case, given the implications that this could have on the impartial result of the process.

The Rapporteur said that she was informed that in the case of Gerardo Hernandez, whose habeas corpus petition is still under consideration, was denied access to legal documents relevant to his case.

The UN official already asked Washington to release the information on the case back in 2005 and 2008 and US authorities said that all available documents had been given to the defense team.(Radio Cadena Agramonte)