Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The U.S. Ordered to Reveal Payment to Reporters in the Case of The Cuban Five

2013.09.18 - 08:58:29 /

HAVANA, Cuba.-  A U.S. Federal Court ordered the State Department to hand over materials on the payment to journalists that acted to the detriment of the five Cuban anti-terrorists incarcerated in that country since 1998.

This is the result of a legal demand by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), which demands evidence of these secret payments of the White House to reporters of the city of Miami during the trial against The Five, the Prensa Latina news agency reported

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, lawyer and executive director of the PCJF, asserted that this is an important step, since these are archives that the State Department refused to circulate, since they include crucial information for the case of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramón Labañino and Rene Gonzalez.

On June 5, lawyers of that Fund brought a lawsuit, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), against the State Department, because the governmental entity refused to reveal the requested materials.

Now the office has received a court order to hand over the documents in its possession, starting from October.

In October, 2010, the FOIA request, presented on behalf of the U.S. newspaper Liberacion, requested the documents on payments to journalists from 1998 to 2002. 

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