Nobel laureate demands freedom for Cuban Five
Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, internationally known as the Cuban five, were detained in 1998 for trying to prevent terrorist actions organized by right-wing anti-Cuba organizations based in Florida. The Five were charged with espionage and punished with extremely harsh sentences despite the antiterrorist nature of their mission.
In her letter published in The New York Times, Gordimer writes that the Cuban Five have suffered physical and psychological torture during their more than nine years in prison. She further noted that they are serving sentences based on false accusations and were found guilty by a prejudiced Miami jury, reports Granma newspaper.
Gordimer compared the Cuban Five case with what commonly took place in her home country of South Africa under the racist Apartheid system.