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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Defense Attorney Discloses US Manipulation of Cuban Five case
Havana, Cuba, Aug 21.- The defense attorney of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five anti-terrorist fighters held in the US since 1998, disclosed illegalities committed by the US administration during the 2001 Miami trial that gave the five Cubans unfair and extremely long sentences.
In a press conference via telephone, Attorney Martin Garbus revealed a long list of US-based journalists who were paid to launch a hostile campaign against the five defendants during the trial, PL news agency reported.
The denunciation is part of actions aimed at putting an end to the unfair incarceration of the five Cuban antiterrorists, based on Washington’s anti-constitutional behavior to have the men jailed.
The most severe sentence was given to Gerardo Hernandez who is meeting two life terms plus fifteen years.
Known as the Cuban Five, Hernandez and his compatriots, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labanino, were in US territory monitoring the activities of Florida-based terrorist groups. They were arrested in 1998 and submitted to a biased Miami trial in 2001.
According to attorney Garbus, the US government paid journalists to flood the Miami community with propaganda through the local media against the Five, between 1998 and 2001. The paid journalists published their articles in outlets like El Nuevo Herald, The Miami Herald, Diario de Las Americas, Radio and TV Marti and WAQI Radio Mambi, among others, who played the role of paid and secret agents.
The El Nuevo Herald published 806 negative articles in just 194 days, while the Miami Herald posted another 305 similar works in the same period of time, said the attorney.
Garbus revealed a list of the paid journalists, which includes names such as Pablo Alfonso, Humberto Cortina, Julio Estorino, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Olance Nogueras, Enrique Encinosa, Ariel Remos, Luis Aguilar, Wilfredo Cancio, Helen Ferre, Caridad Roque, Enrique Patterson and Alberto Muller.
Some of the aforementioned have participated in violent actions and subversive activities against Cuba and have been linked to the CIA, like Humberto Cortina, who participated in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion; Alberto Muller, who was in charge of organizing armed gangs; Julio Estorino, Carlos Alberto Montaner and Enrique Encinosa, who were part of violent groups that acted against the island.
The payment offered by the US Government ranked between 3 000 to dozens of thousands of dollars, said the lawyer. But despite these elements, the Washington insists in hiding the proofs in an effort to prevent the disclosure of the names of all the paid reporters and the amount of money dedicated to the propaganda activity. (ACN)
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