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Havana, 13 jun (Prensa Latina) U.S. lawyer Martin Garbus insisted today on the importance of collecting proofs about his goverment”s pays to journalists to create an negative publicity campaign during and after the trial of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters sentenced in that country.
He considered necessary to gather documents, testimonies and any other evidences on that ploy planned by U.S. authorities for assuring the convictions of Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez y Antonio Guerrero.
Garbus recently joined the defense team of the Cuban Five, as they are known in the global campaign for their release.
The jurist, along with Supreme Court specialist Thomas Goldstein and Cuban Five attorney Richard Klugh, filed a motion in Southern District Court of Florida last week seeking an evidentiary hearing and the right to discovery on behalf of Gerardo, in his Habeas Corpus appeal.
He explained the legal step aims at determining whether the U.S. Government funded a hostile propaganda campaign againstthe movant and his co-defendants, as well as its influence and control over the journalists and media organizations, mainly in Miami.
The discovery requests also include 84 individuals connected to inflammatory press coverage relating to this case, seven TV Stations and 13 Radio Stations.
Garbus told Prensa Latina that every effort values to demonstrate U.S. GovermentÂ�s role in the media attacks, and they plan to take the case to the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in Atlanta, and the Supreme Court if the motion is dismissed.
Four of the antiterrorist fighters face severe penalties to prevent the execution of violent acts in Cuba organized from South Florida, which over the past five decades has left more than 3 000 dead and more than 2 000 mutilated people.
Rene was released on October 7 after 12 years in prison but was prevented from traveling to Cuba under the additional punishment of three years on supervised release in Miami.
Martin Garbus is a prominent attorney in the United States and considered a ferocious litigator by Business Week and other media.