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Havana, June 21 (Prensa Latina) Roberto González, a member of the defense team for the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly held in the United States since 1998, died today from cancer.
Roberto was the brother of Rene Gonzalez, one of The Cuban Five.
According to a note read on the national televised news program, the jurist had devoted the last years of his life to the cause for the release of his brother and his comrades Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez and Ramon Labanino.
These men, imprisoned for preventing anti-Cuban terrorism by Florida-based groups, were given harsh sentences of as much as double life plus 15 years in a proceeding strongly criticized worldwide because of numerous irregularities.
In early March, Roberto Gonzalez was awarded the title of honorary member of the National Lawyers Guild, the largest and oldest legal organization in the United States, in recognition of his contributions as human rights champion, above all for his professional efforts in the case of The Cuban Five, as these Cuban heroes are known worldwide.
His unswerving commitment to his brother is emblematic of the professional’s basic principles, which stipulate that human rights are more sacred than private interests and we feel proud to count on him, Executive Director of the NLG, Heidi Boghosian, said on that occasion.
Rene Gonzalez left prison in October 2011 after serving his sentence, but was given an additional supervised release punishment, and must remain in the United States for another three years before returning home.
He was allowed to travel to Cuba for a family visit in March due to Roberto’s poor health, under requirements which included informing the court in detail about his agenda, his location in Cuba and reporting to his probation officer by phone.
In accordance with his personal wishes, Roberto’s body will be cremated and laid to rest in a private family ceremony.