By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 17 — The same Miami court judge that sentenced the Cuban Five to long prison terms back in 2001 for conspiracy to commit espionage and other crimes has now continued her vendetta against Rene Gonzalez, the first of the five men to be released from prison.
Gonzalez, 55, a US born Cuban, is scheduled to be released on October 7th after serving 13 years for a crime he and his compatriots maintain they never committed.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions has challenged the legal grounds behind their arrest and numerous lawyers associations and human rights groups, including Amnesty International, consider the court proceedings in their trail to have been highly bias.
Obliged to live on probation after his release for three more years, Gonzalez had requested the court back in February to allow him to return to his family in Cuba as soon as he is freed, citing among the reasons the danger he could face from Miami-based Cuban exile terrorist groups.
However in the ruling issued on Friday, Judge Joan A. Lenard denied the request to modify the conditions for Gonzalez’ probation. She said it could be considered at a later date, noted Cubadebate.cu.
For more information on the decision by Judge Lenard read: Judge Lenard’s Cruel and Bizarre Decision against Rene