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Wife of Cuban Antiterrorist in Meetings on the Five in Canada

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Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Adriana Perez, wife of one of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States, continues in Toronto today with scheduled talks in Canada on the situation those fighters and irregularities in their trial.

As in previous events, Perez will be accompanied by Cuba’s ambassador to Ottawa, Julio Garmendia, in an activity scheduled for tonight at the headquarters of the United Steelworkers Union, in Toronto, to explain the case of her husband Gerardo Hernandez, and his fellow countrymen Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, and Antonio Guerrero.

These men are known internationally as The Five. Severe sentences were imposed to them in 2001 for monitoring violent groups based in Miami, from where they planned actions like those that have killed more than 3,400 people in Cuba over the last 53 years.

Four of them still remain in prison, while Rene Gonzalez was released on October 7, 2011 after completing 13 years in prison, but has an additional punishment of three years under supervised release in south Florida.

According to the organizers, participants in today’s meeting could learn more of those terrorist actions against Cuba, and the updated information on the legal status of the Cuban Five.

Adriana Perez will also talk on the impact in her life of the continued refusal of visa by the U.S. government to visit her spouse Gerardo, sentenced to double life imprisonment and fifteen years more, on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and spying, although no evidences of such crimes were proven.

Perez called on Monday, April 15, in the city of Vancouver to strengthen solidarity with the cause of the Five to achieve that President Barack Obama uses his constitutional prerogatives and release them immediate and unconditionally.

The talks in Canada are organized by the United Steelworkers Union, and their sponsors are the Committee to Free the Five in Vancouver, the Association of Friendship with Cuba in that city, and the group Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba.

The Five were detained in 1998 in Miami and then tried in the same city amidst hostile media to manipulate public opinion, persuade the jury, and ensure they were convicted.

Their lawyers seek to prove how federal authorities paid journalists and media to prepare a campaign with negative influence on the trial and the defendants.

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