Announcement from the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
Today, August 9, after more than one year of weighing the evidence, the 11th Circuit Court of a Appeals vacated the trial court's ruling against the Cuban Five and ordered a new trial with a change of venue. This is a sensational victory for the Five, the Cuban people, and the international people's movement that supports them! The Five will now receive a new trial in a place other than Miami. This blow to the U.S. government undeniably was made possible by the hard work and growing support of progressive, justice-loving people in the U.S. and all over the world.
The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five is holding a telephone press conference today with the Five's attorney, Leonard Weinglass, the coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, Gloria La Riva, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Coordinator, Brian Becker, and other activists and legal experts to discuss this landmark victory. We will send more information as soon as we have it. In the meantime, call 323-464-1636 with questions.
The Five are one big step closer to freedom. Let's continue the struggle and ensure total victory. Free the Cuban Five! U.S. Hands Off Cuba!
Volverán! They will return!
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
For more info call 323-464-1636 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or check the Free the Five webpage here.
Amazing, amazing news. Still not much national traction as of midnight. Here are the main important bits:
1) After 9/11, Cuba voluntarily provided information on wanted terrorists that had US connections or were operating here. Cuba asked the US for a meeting to discuss the matter and share info. The US ignored Cuba's letter for 5 months. Finally there was a response. But instead of arresting the terrorists and those accomplices in the US, the US arrested the 5 brave people who were tracking those behind such mayhem.
2) The 5 were brought to the courts in Miami, while the Elian Gonzalez case was still fresh news in Florida. This despite the fact that the same US Government had, just months earlier, taken the position that an obscure immingration law case could not be tried in Miami because of potential bias.
3) 3 of the 5 were sentenced for life, the other for 15-19 years for trying to inflitrate, not the US Government or anything relating to National Security, but instead for trying to get close to terrorist masterminds such as Orlando Bosch, as well as other exile groups committed to "any means necessary" in removing Castro.
4) The murder charge(s) relates to one of the Cubans relaying information on the illegal flight of a "Brothers to the Rescue" plane to Cuba. When the plane crossed Cuba's airspace, the plane was shot down by the Cubans, who were within their rights under internaional law.
5) The decision today to overturn a decision based on locality is extremely rare and precedent setting. It shows the unique conditions in Miami, where justice when the Cuban issue is involved, is impossible.