Cuban Five Win
a New Trial!
Announcement from the
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
Today - August 9, 2005 - after more than one year of weighing the evidence, the 11th Circuit Court of a Appeals vacated the trial court's ruling against the Cuban Five and ordered a new trial with a change of venue. This is a sensational victory for the Five, the Cuban people and the international people's movement that supports them! The Five will now receive a new trial in a place other than Miami. This blow to the U.S. government undeniably was made possible by the hard work and growing support of progressive, justice-loving people in the U.S. and all over the world.
The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five is holding a telephone press conference today with the Five's attorneys, Leonard Weinglass and Richard Klugh; the coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, Gloria La Riva; and other activists and legal experts to discuss this landmark victory. We will send more information as soon as we have it. A.N.S.W.E.R. has been a leading supporter of the struggle to win justice for the Cuban Five.
More than 3,400 Cubans have been killed by terrorist actions, many of them emanating from Florida, since the Cuba Revolution in 1959. The U.S. government and the CIA have been involved in a decades-long campaign of supporting terrorist actions against Cuba. The FBI prosecuted five Cuban men who were sent by Cuba into Miami to monitor the actions of the paramilitary groups, to protect Cuba from terror attacks. Known as the "Cuban Five," they were unjustly tried and convicted in Miami in 2001 and are serving lengthy sentences in U.S. prison. They are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González.
The September 24 antiwar demonstration will also highlight the continuing threats from the Bush administration against Cuba. To see the demands of the demonstration, go to the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition website.
For more background information on the Miami terrorists and the freedom campaign for the Cuban Five anti-terrorist activists, visit http://www.freethefive.org/
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