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US Has Done Nothing, Say The Five
16 Aug 2005
US Has Done Nothing, Say The Five
Caracas, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Relatives of the five Cubans imprisoned in the US are fraught with concern over the North American administration´s silence on the Atlanta Court of Appeal´s reversal of their convictions.

In a news conference in Caracas on Monday, Magalys Llort, mother of Fernando Gonzalez, who was sentenced to 19 years, said they should no longer be jailed because the Atlanta court reversed their convictions and ordered a new trial.

Llort pointed out that in May 2005 the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions also concluded that the arrest was unlawful and urged the US government to take the appropriate measures to resolve the case.

"It has been seven days since the Atlanta decision and even more since the UN committee"s, and nothing has happened except for numerous gestures of world solidarity with our cause," said Llort.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando, were detained in Miami in 1998 for infiltrating south Florida-based groups involved in terrorist activities against Cuba. They received harsh convictions ranging from 15 years to double life terms.

On August 9, the three judges of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling and ordered a new trial to be held outside of Miami.

Orlando Rincones, president of the Venezuelan Committee of Solidarity with the Five, said they would take actions such as demanding US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez to immediately release the Five.

Rincones stated the issue should be discussed in Geneva in April 2006 through the 1503 procedure on human rights violations and basic rights.

Olga Salanueva, wife of Rene, who was sentenced to 15 years, said the Five remained kidnapped despite the Atlanta court ruling.

"If we do not demand that the issue is publicized, the cloak of silence that has hidden the case for seven years will surround it again," Salanueva emphasized, "We must fight until they are returned home." ln/ecq/wap/jwp

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