Inappropriate prosecution in Cuban Five Case proven
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- Politics and Government
- 08 / 21 / 2007
The statement was made by renowned Chilean jurist Juan Guzman, who attended the oral hearing held on Monday by a three-judge panel at the 11th Circuit of Atlanta's Court of Appeals.
The defense team proved that Miami was not the right place to hold the trial, said Guzman in a phone conversation with participants at Monday evening's TV show the Round Table. He noted that the jury, in the 2001 trial, was biased, while there were allegations by the US Attorney General's office that taxpayers were financing a trial of five people "who tried to destroy the United States."
Guzman, who was the judge in the case of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, pointed out that by the end of the Miami trial the jury was far from impartial and ready to sentence the Cuban Five.
As a consequence, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez and Ramon Labanino, known as the Cuban Five, were unjustly condemned to harsh and unfair sentences ranging from 15 years to double life imprisonment.
The Cuban Five had infiltrated ultra-right circles in South Florida, who have carried out terrorist actions against the Cuban people over the past 40 years.
Source: By Al Games, CubaNow