Rene Gonzalez has served his sentence and was released this morning, after being railroaded by the yankee imperialists in a kangaroo trial. The imperialists call him a spy, I call him a super hero, for having successfully infiltrated the terrorists organizations in Miami which are financed and directed by the empire.
He has three years probation after having served his unjust sentence. He wants to go home. The imperialists deny him that right and are forcing him to remain in South Florida, home to all kinds of anti-Cuba crap and extremists fanatics.
Dignity will protect Rene. He does not kneel. He remains true to Cuba.
OJO CON LOS TERRORISTAS DE MIAMI!
Reuters Redacted Report: [the editor of Cuba Journal has removed all references to Rene being a "spy." He is a hero, and deserves to be called that!]
Friday, October 7, 2011.
Rene Gonzalez was freed from a U.S. prison on Friday but must remain in the United States for three years on probation, a condition Cuba says puts his life in danger.
Rene Gonzalez, 55, the first to be freed of the so-called "Cuban Five" arrested in 1998, left the Marianna prison in Florida's northwest Panhandle at around 4 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT) and was reunited with his two daughters, father and brother, attorney Philip Horowitz told Reuters.
"He was in great spirits, very happy to see his family, to be out, he had a smile on his face," Horowitz said. Gonzalez had served 13 years of a 15-year sentence.
Horowitz said he would renew an appeal against the requirement that Gonzalez, who has dual U.S.-Cuban citizenship, spend three years of supervised release in the United States. He would make the request for "humanitarian reasons", because Gonzalez had no family living in the United States.
The case of the five -- the other four are still serving long U.S. jail terms -- has been an irritant to already poisoned U.S.-Cuba ties. These have deteriorated further since the jailing by communist Cuba of a U.S. aid contractor, Alan Gross, who was sentenced this year to 15 years in prison.
The same Florida judge who had sentenced Gonzalez and his fellow Cubans in 2001 denied a motion presented last month by Horowitz for the terms of the convicted man's supervised release to be modified so he could immediately return to Cuba.
Cuba's communist government and Gonzalez's family and supporters are demanding he be allowed to leave the United States now. They say he is at risk from possible reprisals by the Cuban exiles on whom he was convicted of spying.
"In U.S. territory, Rene is in danger, in whatever corner of the United States," Gonzalez's wife, Olga Salanueva, told Reuters on Thursday in Cuba. "Rene is a man who has served his time, he has a right to go home and his home is Cuba."
Salanueva said she was denied a U.S. visa to be present at Gonzalez's release on Friday.
Gonzalez's early morning departure in darkness from the rural Florida Panhandle prison was low key -- a camera crew waiting outside the prison saw a car drive out at about the time of his release.
He was taken to an unknown destination which Horowitz declined to reveal, citing safety reasons.
Cuba hails the five convicted nationals as heroes and has waged an international campaign for their release. Havana argues Gonzalez and his fellow agents were working undercover in Florida to stop "terrorist" attacks on Cuba by hard-line anti-communist Cuban exiles.
The case of the U.S. contractor Gross jailed by Cuba for "crimes against the state" has raised speculation that he could be exchanged for the five. U.S. officials have so far said this is not being considered however.
Salanueva suggested a swap could still be a possibility.
"If they want Gross back in exchange for the five, yes, of course, but it has to be all the five," she said.
Gonzalez, a pilot who had previously served with Cuba's armed forces in Angola, flew to the United States from Cuba in 1990 in a crop-dusting plane in an apparent defection.
Gonzalez has U.S. citizenship because he was born in the United States in 1956 but returned with his family to Cuba in 1961.