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Current Legal Status of the Cuban Five

Source: National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
Current Legal Status of the Cuban Five

Regardless of the unjust prison sentences of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González, and René González’s parole in the U.S., all supporters of the Cuban Five are fighting for their immediate freedom and right to return home to Cuba. We do not accept their sentences as final.

1. As of March 28, 2012, four of the Cuban Five—Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González—are in the midst of their Habeas Corpus appeals. Motions have been filed by their attorneys, seeking evidence that the U.S. government withheld, and asking the judge to grant evidentiary hearings. Judge Joan Lenard, who presided over the trial, will make her decision on their appeals; there is no timeframe for the decision. Click here to read their briefs and other legal documents in the case.

2. Gerardo Hernández is serving two life sentences. Under U.S. federal prison sentencing, there is no parole with a life sentence. Read his habeas corpus documents, including a crucial Affidavit which documents his actual innocence in the false “murder conspiracy” conviction.

3. René González was released from Marianna Federal Correctional Institution in Florida, on Oct. 7, 2011 after serving more than 13 years. However, Judge Lenard has ordered him to serve a 3-year probation in the United States. In March 2012 René was given permission to travel to Cuba for two weeks to visit his brother Roberto, who is very ill.

4. The release dates of Ramón, Antonio and Fernando are:

  • Ramón: October 30, 2024
  • Antonio: September 18, 2017
  • Fernando: February 27, 2014
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