|December 10, 2001
Mothers of Cubans imprisoned in Miami
trust that justice will be done
THE mothers of the five Cubans imprisoned
for the last three years in Miami jails, accused of espionage, all expressed their
confidence that "justice will be done" in the manipulated trial recently
completed, whose sentencing hearings began this Monday.
In a televised roundtable on the subject of
the five Cubans, broadcast from a Cuban TV studio and attended by President Fidel Castro,
three of the mothers and the daughter of one of the accused were interviewed by phone,
after they had visited their loved ones in prison.
René González, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio
Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Fernando González, detained in the United States since
1998, have been found guilty of espionage in a rigged trial, when in fact their only
purpose was to obtain information about terrorist groups in Florida, in order to protect
their country from violent attacks.
Irma Sehwehert, René Gonzálezs
mother, said that the encounter with her son "was very beautiful. We all have great
and absolute confidence that sooner or later justice will prevail," she stated.
"Hes very certain of that, and it
couldnt be any other way, because ultimately theyre innocent, they havent
done anything to anybody."
For her part, Carmen Nordelo, mother of
Gerardo Hernández, said she was "very moved" by the reunion, and noted that her
son "has faith and trusts that honesty and justice will prevail."
Meanwhile, Magalis Llort, mother of Fernando
González, explained that "hes aware that some very harsh days await him, in
the sense that the conditions there are still unfavorable. But nonetheless, they are
satisfied because they are convinced that they did what they had to do."
Finally, Irma González, René Gonzálezs
daughter, said that the encounter with her father "was marvelous" and that he
told her "not to be concerned, that he was sure that sooner or later justice would
triumph." She added that "his conscience was clear because they had no intention
of carrying out any terrorist act in the United States; on the contrary, they were trying
to protect their people from acts of that kind."
Randy Alonso, moderator of the roundtable,
stated, "The rigged trial; the enormous pressures on the part of the Cuban-American
mafia in Miami and the lies spread by the media; the role of pro-terror members of
Congress Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Díaz-Balart; and the complicity of FBI
authorities do not augur anything positive in the hearings related to the sentencing of
our valiant compatriots. Three of them could even be sentenced to life in prison."
by Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez,
december 27, 2001
• Defense statement
by Ramón Labañino Salazar,
december 13, 2001
by Fernando González Llort
december 18, 2001
• Defense statement
by René González Sehweret,
december 14, 2001
by Gerardo Hernández Nordelo,
december 12, 2001