Brief Introduction to the case of the Cuban Five
Five men from Cuba — known as the “Cuban Five” — came into the United States in the early 1990s at a time when Miami-based extremist organizations were stepping up their terrorist attacks against the Cuban people. These terrorist groups have killed 3,478 Cubans and wounded 2,099 more. The mission of the Cuban Five in Miami was to monitor those organizations and thwart their attacks.
The Cuban Five are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González.
The most egregious violation against the Cuban Five’s right to a fair trial was the Judge’s denial of a change of venue out of Miami, a city where the terrorists are honored by officials and where dozens of bombs exploded from the 1970s through the 1990s against anyone advocating normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Clearly, for men accused of defending Cuba from Miami terrorism, they could not hope to have a jury trial free of bias. At the Miami trial’s conclusion in June 2001, the Cuban Five were convicted on all counts.
Five years after their conviction, in 2006 a scandal broke out when it was revealed that at least 10 Miami journalists were secretly receiving U.S. government pay, working for the U.S. propaganda stations — Radio and TV Martí.
The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five began an investigation to uncover the full extent of U.S. government pay to Miami reporters, to detail the reporters’ coverage of the Cuban Five case, and analyze its effect on the Five’s prosecution. The Committee has worked in close conjunction with Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and Liberation newspaper, to obtain U.S. government documents.
What we have researched now forms the major part of the Cuban Five’s current Habeas Corpus appeals, which have been filed by the Five’s appellate attorneys.
The Cuban Five were saving lives, they were working to stop terrorist attacks. They did not belong one day in prison. Sixteen years is too long! The ReportersforHire.org work is just one part of the campaign to win the freedom of the Cuban Five. We welcome and ask for your support in bringing justice for the Cuban Five so they can return home immediately to their families. Write us at info[at]freethefive.org and Visit www.freethefive.org for more information.