Freedom for Five Cuban anti-terrorists unjustly imprisoned in the
The objective of the Five was
to protect innocent lives in Cuba. The Cuban Five collected evidence of
terrorists’ plots from Cuban American groups in Miami, which was then presented
to the FBI. On June 17, 1998, a historic meeting was held in Havana. There,
Cuban officials implored U.S. law enforcement officials to act on evidence
presented, in order to end the cycle of terror. Instead of arresting the
terrorists, the FBI rounded up the Cuban Five.
González, René González, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernández, and Ramón
Labañino were arrested on September 12, 1998, and placed in solitary conﬁnement
for 17 months. They were charged with failure to disclose themselves as foreign
agents, to several counts of conspiracy. The Cuban Five were denied the right
to an unbiased jury trial. The jury was intimidated, witnesses were bullied by
the prosecution, and defense lawyers were denied access to some evidence. The Cuban Five were unjustly sentenced to
four life terms and 75 years collectively.