The Cuban Five and the Tricks Ahead - español
By Edmundo García
I’d like to begin this article by making something perfectly clear: If the Government of Cuba agrees to allow Alan Gross to travel to the United States, for whatever period of time or reason, I believe that not even the bones of the anti-terrorist fighter Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, who is currently serving a double life sentence plus fifteen years, will ever see the sun of Cuba again. That’s what I think, and now I’ll explain. Continue reading
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Interview with former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, by Arleen Rodríguez Derivet, Cuban Television journalist - español
Arleen Rodríguez: Hello! A greeting to all of those who are watching Cuban Television right now. I welcome all of you, along with the former President of the United States, James Carter, who just moments before leaving to return to his country has graciously agreed to give us an interview, and an exclusive statement for our television broadcast.
Welcome. Thank you for accepting our invitation.
Jimmy Carter: It’s a great pleasure to return to Cuba, to Havana.
Rodríguez: It’s a great pleasure to have you here as well. You told me that you’d like to say something to the Cuban people before our interview.
Rodríguez: The camera is yours.
Carter: To the people of Cuba I would like to say that I am very grateful for the chance to return to your wonderful country once again. Continue reading
No evidence exists that Hernández had any advance knowledge whatsoever regarding Cuban Air Force shoot down of Brothers to the Rescue planes – inferences made at trial were “tragically, utterly false” – español
“Gerardo Hernández never did receive due process of law either on the part of the prosecutors or his own defense.”
Attorneys for Gerardo Hernández, a Cuban citizen serving two consecutive life sentences plus 15 years in the maximum security wing of the US Federal Penitentiary at Victorville, California have filed his final appeal in the US legal system. The evidence supporting his right to a new trial is staggering.
Hernández is one of ten Cubans who, like the Russian agents arrested in the summer of 2010 in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, were arrested by the FBI in Miami in 1998 and charged with failing to register as agents of a foreign government, as well as conspiracy to commit espionage. Unlike the Russians, who were swiftly deported and never faced a trial, five of the arrested Cubans quickly pled guilty and were rewarded with reduced sentences and green cards, while the remaining five, including Hernández, were thrown into separate solitary confinement cells for nearly a year and a half to await their court date. All the evidence for, against, and irrelevant to their cases was locked away by federal authorities under cover of national security. The government’s manipulation of the evidence is one of the issues raised in the appeal. Continue reading
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On Sunday, December 28, Jay Weaver filed a story for the Miami Herald about the habeas corpus appeal for Gerardo Hernández, one of the “Cuban Five” who is currently serving a double life sentence in the maximum security federal prison at Victorville, California. The article was subsequently translated for publication in the Herald’s Spanish language subsidiary, El Nuevo Herald. The story and its headline (“In about-face, Cuban spy says planes were shot down over international waters”) made the sensational claim that in his appeal, Hernández had made a 180 degree turn, and is now contradicting the Cuban government’s position regarding the events of February 24, 1996, when two light aircraft belonging to the Miami group “Brothers to the Rescue” were shot down by Cuban fighter jets after being led toward Cuban airspace by their commander, José Basulto.
Sensationalism certainly attracts readers. But it is not a substitute for a well-researched story, or the truth. A careful reading of Hernández’s appeal does not lead to the conclusion stated by Weaver or the Herald. I will write further about this in upcoming posts. For now, these are my comments at both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald (Spanish below). Continue reading
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Tagged brothers to the rescue, Cuban Five, defense misconduct, El Nuevo Herald, gerardo hernandez, habeas corpus appeal, icao, international waters, jay weaver, jose basulto, maggie khuly, miami herald, shootdown, u.n. security council, victorville
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
I am dictating these words via telephone, which is why I must be brief and I will not be able to say everything I would have liked. Yesterday afternoon I was removed from “the hole” with the same speed in which I was thrown in. I had been taken there supposedly because I was under investigation. These investigations can take up to three months, sometimes more, but I was there 13 days. As a known Cuban journalist would say; you can draw your own conclusions… Continue reading
This picture matches the description of the "hole" where Gerardo Hernández is being held
For Over A Week Gerardo Hernández Nordelo Has Been Held In The Hole At Victorville Prison Without Committing Any Infraction Continue reading
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Tagged hillary clinton, gerardo hernandez, Adriana Perez O'Connor, habeas corpus, torture, harley lappin, victorville USP, federal prisons, u.s. state department, victorville federal prison