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de Brún calls for Cuban Five release

5 October, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún has said that international concern is growing over the case of the Cuban Five as the five men have now entered their 13th year in US prisons.

Speaking today, Ms de Brún said: “September marked 12 years since the imprisonment of the Cuban Five. René González, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labanino and Fernando González were arrested for monitoring Miami-based right-wing Cuban groups engaged in a campaign of violence against Cuba.

“It is widely recognised internationally that these men did not receive the fair trial that they are legally entitled to in Miami. Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Commission are among the respected rights groups that have highlighted this miscarriage of justice and condemned the biased nature of the trial.

“Last year the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Cuban Five, without offering an explanation, despite global briefs to the court signed by 10 Nobel laureates and hundreds of parliamentarians.

“The wives of two of the men, Gerardo Hernández and René González, have been repeatedly refused visas by the US and as a consequence have not seen their husbands in 12 years.

“Sinn Féin is calling for the release of the Cuban Five and in the interim, as a humanitarian measure, for the wives of Gerardo Hernández and René González to be granted visas to enable them to visit their husbands.” ENDS

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