Gerardo and Antonio
WASHINGTON.– Recent documents filed
by two of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters
unjustly imprisoned in the United States
substantiate the manipulation of their original
trial and their innocence, according to activist
Gloria de la Riva.
In a telephone interview with the
Prensa Latina news agency, the member of the
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five emphasized
that the affidavit filed by Gerardo Hernández in the
Miami federal court "demonstrates the irrefutable
truth and his innocence" of the charges levied
"I came to Florida in service to my
country, unarmed, to contribute to ending violence
against my people and therefore to save lives. That
I would be charged with a conspiracy to murder was
the furthest thing from my thinking and reality. It
is my hope that this writing assists the Court in
its efforts to find the truth and restore justice,"
He says in the document that it had
never been explained to him until this point that, "under
United States law, I could have requested a separate
trial on the conspiracy to murder charge alone in
order to testify and present evidence pertinent to
"I had no prior experience in the
U.S. court system and was unaware that a severance
would have allowed for such presentation. Had I
known that, I would have insisted that my lawyer
make every effort to secure a separate trial on that
count," the text continues.
La Riva noted that in the document,
Gerardo explains for the first time, in his own
words, his absolute innocence on all counts and his
unjust conviction for conspiracy to commit murder,
in relation to the downing of aircraft belonging to
the terrorist organization Brothers to the Rescue in
The legal document presented by
Antonio Guerrero is a memorandum supporting a motion
to vacate the Five’s convictions and sentences.
The activist commented that the text,
25 pages in length, concentrates mainly on the
recent discovery of details related to the media
campaign against the Five orchestrated by the U.S.
government and Miami journalists.
The text emphasizes that a
fundamental violation of the premises of a fair
trial occurred when Washington secretly paid
influential journalists tens of thousands of
federally funded dollars to attack the Five on Radio
and TV Martí, as well as on other broadcasts and
newspapers devoted to anti-Cuba propaganda, she
During a telephone conference, John
Nichols, university professor and expert witness
during U.S. Congressional hearings about Television
and Radio Martí, confirmed that it would be
impossible for anyone linked to the Cuban revolution
to get a fair or impartial trial in Miami.
Nichols described the links between
the Miami press and the U.S. government during the
trial of the Cuban Five.
Referring to the payments made by
authorities to the media to negatively influence the
proceedings against the five anti-terrorist fighters,
the expert indicated that that was "unethical and
illegal," according to La Riva, who also reported
that the Committee had paid tribute to Attorney
Leonard Weinglass, outstanding activist and defender
of civil rights in the U.S. for his work throughout
the appeal process, specifically in the preparation
of motion 2255 for his defendant Antonio Guerrero,
and his legal advice regarding the affidavit filed
by Gerardo Hernández.