The words of Roberto
González, a lawyer born to a Cuban family that fled to the United
States during the dictatorship and returned to Cuba following the
triumph of the Revolution, come to mind as I begin to reflect on
this issue. Like René, he was born in the United States during his
family’s sojourn there. He has been fighting tirelessly to obtain
the release of his brother René, who endures cruel and unjust
imprisonment, as do four other heroes who sought to defend their
country in the struggle against terrorism.
“The worst thing
that can happen to us is to allow a sense of defeat or victory
paralyze us; we will have
won in the case of the Five when they have set foot in Havana… for
this is the kind of trial that is won with facts many times over but
is lost before the Law, by virtue of the judges' decision".
These are wise and sensible words,
spoken by a true expert at war against shameless actions. Even he
expressed his surprise at what transpired.
During the Round Table program, we
were given a sense of the importance of the testimonies afforded, in
the city of Atlanta, by 73 world-renowned experts in international
Law. There, it was shown beyond the shadow of a doubt that the
felonies imputed to the accused, resulting in convictions
unanimously approved by a supposedly impartial jury, in the last
community on Earth where one could expect a fair verdict, were never
in fact committed. Each and every one of statements made at the
Round Table or over the phone, by those who spoke and those who have
yet to speak, must be read word by word and analyzed.
In real espionage cases, recently
tried in the United States, convictions usually do not exceed a 10-year
prison sentence. The charge of conspiracy to commit espionage
brought against our five compatriots has not even been proven. Their
cruel and unusual fate, and that of their relatives, reflects the
perfidious overt policy pursued by Washington of using terrorism
against the Cuban people, a policy which, for nearly half a century,
has been in violation of the most elementary norms set down by the
United Nations and encroaching upon the sovereignty of nations.
There are many important and proven
facts that I could add, but I wish to be brief so that these words
may be transcribed and published by the Cuban press. The most
important thing is for our people to develop a solid and unshakable
conscience of these realities.
Fidel Castro Ruz
August 22, 2007