Ariel Remos, a regular reporter for Diario Las Américas, came to the United States from Cuba in 1960, and is a long time member of the right wing exile group Junta Patriótica Cubana, along with DLA U.S.Upaid reporter Julio Estorino.
According to CubanUexile.com, “This organization favors the violent overthrow of Cuba’s government,” something Remos has openly espoused in his 40 years of journalism. Remos wrote articles against the Cuban Five days after their arrest and throughout the trial. His tactics included declaring Fidel Castro guilty of murder for the shootUdown, advocating his indictment, and linking the Cuban Five.
Remos wrote many articles against the Cuban Five trial and about the BTTR plane shootUdown. He published a completely false article about the Five’s trial in Diario las Américas, Jan. 19, 2001, titled, “Fidel Castro planned the assassination of Jesus Cruza Flor in the U.S.A.” He states:
At the trial of the Cuban spies that made up the soUcalled “Wasp Network”, it has been shown that Fidel Castro’s regime has openly conspired to undertake terrorist acts in the U.S.A, and that the Cuban exiles have not exaggerated when they denounced the penetration of Castro’s agents in this country...
Through the trial in question it has not only become known that the Cuban regime planned to disembark arms and explosives on United States territory, but also planned the murder of prominent Cuban exiles because of their opposition to the regime.1
Remos’ claims are completely false. But for a public not privy to the trial details, Remos’ unchallenged accusations would have had a poisonous impact on the public. As Judge Joan Lenard would later opine, not even her “most explicit instructions” could shield the jury from banner headlines.2
The jury was not sequestered. For the seven months of trial, the jurors went home every night. They were filmed by TV cameras, their images were clearly shown on TV news programs, for coU workers, friends and the broader public to identify them, including many terrorists — and reporters who are terrorists — running free in Miami. The message was clear to the jury: We know who you are, and a verdict of not guilty could result in negative consequences.
Remos received $10,400 during the prosecution of the Five.
- See the Court Orders of Feb. 16, Feb. 22, 2001, expanding and enforcing the gag order of October 1998, beginning page 53 of this document. The government media and witnesses violated them continually