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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Justice for the Four Victims not Impunity for the Cuban Five who murdered them

See that justice and due process are observed in Brothers to the Rescue killings

Four murder victims of the WASP Network

The Free Cuba Foundation has launched a petition drive to see that justice and due process are respected in the case of the so-called Cuban Five (ten were caught and charged) because terrorists involved in the murder of Americans were pardoned in 1999 by the Clinton Administration with the active work of Assistant Attorney General Eric Holder (now Attorney General in the Obama Administration). Furthermore there is an active campaign underway to seek their pardon by Hollywood celebrities and artists many of them sympathetic to the dictatorship in Cuba using the regime's talking points to deny the crimes committed against Armando Alejandre Jr., Carlos Costa, Mario de la Peña and Pablo Morales. We believe that in addition to this being a profound injustice the pardoning of unrepentant terrorists would only encourage more terrorism against the United States and in the world generally. It is for these reasons that the petition drive has been launched. Please sign the petition and help spread the word.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez are currently in prison for acts of espionage and state terrorism against US citizens. They plotted to sabotage planes, set fires, and planned sending a mail bomb to a person in South Florida with aim of causing their death. None of these men have demonstrated any remorse for their actions.

The February 24, 1996 murders of Armando Alejandre, Carlos Costa, Mario de la Peña and Pablo Morales condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the United Nation’s Security Council, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights gave proof to the deadly seriousness of their plans.

First, it is troubling that General Ruben Martinez Puente, Francisco Perez-Perez, Lorenzo Alberto Perez Perez who were indicted on four counts of murder, two counts of destruction of aircraft and one count of conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals in August of 2003 and Juan Pablo Roque indicted in May 1999 as a foreign agent (although he played a role in the conspiracy to murder three US citizens and one US resident) have not been pursued to the full extent of the law.

Why hasn't the U.S. Department of Justice under either the George W. Bush or Barack Obama Administrations presented Interpol with an arrest warrant for the three Cuban Air Force officials indicted for the 1996 murder of four U.S. nationals and for the Cuban agent involved in the conspiracy to have them killed?

Secondly, it is dismaying to learn that Gerardo Hernandez’s name is being raised in a possible exchange or release. He has had due process in a trial with the best attorney’s money could buy that have put on a zealous defense and appeals process for their client. Gerardo Hernandez’s conviction on conspiracy to commit murder is the only justice the victims and their families have achieved to date in criminal court.