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Cuban Five
The imprisonment of the Cuban Five in US penal precints is another sample of cruelty and imperial arrogance, said former Peruvian congressman Gustavo Espinoza in this capital Friday.

"The US wants to punish Cuba by using the imprisonment of the Cuban Five," he said in a meeting with the press.

Espinoza, now the president of the Peruvian Committee for Solidarity with the Cuban Five, said that the initial accusations against the Cuban Five lack every support.

Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez were arrested on Sept. 12, 1998 and sentenced to terms going from 15 years up to double life prison plus 15 years.

He added that during 2007, different actions were developed to demand the immediate release of the Cuban Five in a context in which the Peruvian government is a US allied.

He pointed that thousands of signatures supporting the cause of the Cuban Five to send them to the US Attorney General and the judicial authorities, and that hundreds of Peruvian women demanded that Washington grants Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez, wives of Rene and Gerardo, visas to travel to the US.


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