Cuban 5 Member Attempts New Legal Action

HAVANA TIMES — The defense attorneys for Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cubans imprisoned in the US for fighting terrorism, on Monday presented a new legal action to overturn his conviction, said the National Committee to Free the Five.

According to the Prensa Latina news agency, lawyer Martin Garbus introduced an affidavit to the United States District Court in Miami that supports habeas corpus for Hernandez and the reversal of Hernandez’s conviction, citing misconduct on the part of the US government during the trial.

Through the affidavit, the court is being asked to order Washington to reveal elements that show that public money was used for payments to journalists to create a hostile environment and encourage the convictions of the five men.

Hernandez is serving two life terms plus 15 years after having been arrested in 1998 (along with Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez) for their undercover activities in the United States to prevent terrorist attacks against Cuba.