The five Cubans, Antonio Guerrero, Raman Labaino, Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, and Rene Gonzalez were arrested in Miami in 1998 and are now entering their 12th year of incarceration.
The US charged them with espionage, but the men claim they were only trying to infiltrate anti-Cuba terrorist groups based in Miami.
Three of the Cuban Five were recently back in Miami District Court for resentencing.
On October 13, a Federal judge in Miami approved a lighter sentence for one of the five Cubans, Antonio Guerrero, commuting his life sentence to 262 months, or almost 22 years, in prison.
After arriving in South Africa on Saturday to campaign for the release of the Cuban Five, Dr. Aleida Guevara, the daughter of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, said that the Cuban Five are national heroes.
In an interview with the Press TV correspondent in Pretoria, South Africa, Guevara said that the Cuban Five were trained to defend Cuba against terrorists coming from the United States and that is why the US government detained them.
As ties between the US and Cuba are getting closer, Dr. Guevara is working to obtain the release of the Cuban Five.
In an interview with Radio Havana on October 13, Professor Noam Chomsky said, “They [the Cuban Five] weren’t criminals. They were heroes.”
He added, “The only way to remedy the injustice is to withdraw the charges completely.”
The case of the Cuban Five has strained relations between the United States and Cuba for more than a decade.
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