Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Terrorist Disclosures Could Help Cuban Five
Havana, Aug 22 (ACN) One of the most important daily newspapers of California, US, Los Angeles Time assured that the latest disclosures on anti-Cuba groups' conspiracies against Cuba could help the Cuban Five obtain a new trail.
In an article entitled "Anti-Castro Disclosures Could Help Cuban Five" by journalist Carol J. Williams indicates that recently disclosed information on terrorists Tonin Llama, Robert Ferro and Santiago Alvarez could help bring about a new trial for the Cuban Five, reported Granma newspaper.
The Times recalls that Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labanino and Rene Gonzalez, known as the Five, were sentenced five years ago under the federal charges of conspiracy to commit espionage during their 2001 trial, while they were actually in the US to infiltrate radical Cuban exile groups that had devised and executed dozens of missions to topple the Communist government in Cuba."
The L.A. Times refers to the case of 'La Esperanza' yacht seized in Puerto Rico in 1997 with weapons on board en route to Magarita Island, Venezuela, to assassinate Fidel Castro. Their plan was later corroborated by Jose Antonio Llama, who admitted having "financed a 1997 mission to kill Castro for which he had already been tried and acquitted," says the article.
In addition, the article refers to the case of Californian Robert Ferro who "collected 1,500 guns and grenades for an assault on Cuba."
The journalist notes that next month the trial begins in the case of Miami developer Santiago Alvarez on charges of amassing guns last year for an attack on Castro.
"We are following these new developments and when we feel we are closer to having the full story, we will bring it to the court's attention," said Leonard Weinglass, the civil rights attorney handling appeals for Antonio Guerrero, who is serving a life sentence in Colorado.
The L.A. Times goes on to state, "earlier this month, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected a new trial sought on grounds that the men's 2001 process was conducted in a tainted venue: emotionally charged Miami after the Elian Gonzalez custody battle." The Aug. 9 ruling was a setback, but "not the end of the case --far from it," lawyer Weinglass is quoted as saying.
"He [Weinglass] noted that the appeals court had yet to rule on nine challenges to the Miami federal court conviction," said the Times.


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