by Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, March 30 — Rene Gonzalez, the only member of the Cuban Five not in prison, arrived in Havana just after noon on Friday to visit his seriously ill brother Roberto.
Rene Gonzalez, 55, is one of the five Cuban intelligence agents arrested in 1998 and sentenced in 2001 for conspiracy to spy in the United States.
He served 13 years in prison before being released last October. Nonetheless, he must still remain for three years in the US under a probation program that prevents him from traveling to Cuba to live with his wife and family.
Judge Joan Lenard approved the humanitarian request from Gonzalez to visit his brother, who is suffering from terminal lung cancer, as long as he fulfils several conditions and returns within two weeks.
The Cuban Five’s trial has been criticized as biased by jurist organizations including the National Lawyers Guild (US), and by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions.
Cuban authorities stress that their mission was only to thwart attacks on Cuba planned within Miami’s militant exile community.