German Parliamentarians Demand U.S. Release of the Cuban Five
Berlin, May 24 (RHC) -- German parliamentarians demanded that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder act in favour of the release and return to Cuba of the Five antiterrorists condemned to long unjust sentences in the northern country. In a letter sent to the U.S. Justice Department through the German Embassy in Washington, 17 federal signatory legislators, all members of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, also expressed great concern over the progress and outcome of the legal proceedings against these five men.
Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez were arrested in September, 1998 for infiltrating Miami-based groups that organized violent actions against Cuba, where authorities have registered more than three thousand four hundred victims of terrorism organized and financed on American soil.
The letter sent to Holder read: We respectfully request you not to oppose the legal process to achieve the return of the Five again, and we would ask you also find ways to graciously ensure pardon or forgiveness of those five men.