Cuban Five heroes fight on for freedom
Feb 15, 2012
On Jan. 19, a request for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles from the
United States was filed in the Panamanian courts, according to LaEstrella.com.
Posada and four co-conspirators were convicted of the attempted assassination
of the then-Cuban president, Fidel Castro, at the 2000 Ibero-American Summit in
Panama. Their plot to bomb the crowded university venue with 200 pounds of
explosives was thwarted, saving many lives.
Posada Carriles and his gang were convicted and sent to prison for
surprisingly short terms — eight years for the ringleader. Then in 2004,
shortly before leaving Panama for Miami where she now lives, outgoing
Panamanian president, Mireya Moscoso, swung the jail doors open for them. Now,
they are all in Miami, enjoying life. Moscoso has been seen with Posada and
says she would do a pardon for them again!
Panamanian courts overturned all of the pardons in 2008, charging that
Moscoso overstepped her constitutional authority. The convictions and prison
terms were reinstated. Although the extradition filing is a step forward, the
Panamanian Supreme Court must yet rule and then order the Foreign Ministry to
send the request to the U.S. In a process that has already taken years, it is
unknown when these last steps will be completed.
The U.S. has refused to answer an extradition request for Posada Carriles
from Venezuela for the 1976 midair bombing of Cubana Flight 455, killing all 73
people aboard. Nor has the U.S. complied with the Montreal Treaty, which
mandates that anyone accused of such an act be extradited or judged in the
country of residence.
In 2011, an El Paso, Texas, jury acquitted Posada Carriles of immigration
charges. He has yet to stand trial on his real crimes and acts of terror.
Cubadebate.cu reported that new plans hatched by Posada Carriles to attack
the Havana Book Fair and the new oil drilling platform in Cuban waters were
The Cuban Five — Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino,
Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and René González —
came to the U.S. as undercover Cuban State Security agents to monitor such
plans organized from U.S. territory. They are in their 14th year of unjust
imprisonment. René González, although formally released from prison,
is not permitted to return to Cuba for three additional years. In a doubly
cruel blow, his beloved partner, Olga Salanueva, is still denied a U.S. visa to
join him. Gerardo Hernández is serving two life terms plus 15 years.
Adriana Pérez, his partner, is also denied a U.S. visa to visit her
The global outcry against this injustice is growing. Help break the silence
around this case in the U.S. For more information, ideas and a link to Danny
Glover’s new message about the Cuban Five, go to www.theCuban5.org