Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Cuban Antiterrorist, Ramon Labañino, Welcomes Rene Gonzalez Presence in Homeland

Washington, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Ramon Labañino, one of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States, said that the presence of Rene Gonzalez, one of his companions, in his homeland is like "if a part of us was already home".

After learning the news that Judge Joan Lenard accepted on May 3 to modify the terms of Gonzalez' supervised release and allowed he can remain in Cuba in exchange for his renunciation of U.S. citizenship, Labañino sent a message from the Ashland Federal Prison, in Kentucky state.

"It was about time after much delay and injustice!" the antiterrorist fighter said.

Labañino, sentenced in 2001 to life term plus 18 years and resentenced in 2009 to 30 years in prison, stated that he and Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, are more relieved to know that the life of his companion does not continue in danger in a scene "surrounded by the threats we know." 

Rene Gonzalez was released from the Marianna prison in Florida, in October 2011, after serving his sentence and had to stay in U.S. territory since then, to comply with three years more under supervised release.

Labañino expressed optimism that sooner or later the rest of the group will return to their homeland. "Rene is free. He carries with him the embrace and affection of the Five to all of you." 

The Five were detained early September 12, 1998 during an FBI operation conducted in the city of Miami, while monitoring criminal plans by Cuban origin organizations and violent individuals based there, which, with impunity, have executed terrorist actions against the Caribbean island as those that have killed more than 3,400 people in more than 50 years.

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