3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR WORLD EQUILIBRIUM
U.S. court to review decision allowing government to
conceal evidence proving Five’s innocence
Alarcón at launch of The Last Soldiers of the Cold
• Lula attends launch of Cuban edition of Brazilian
Fernando Morais' book
Pedro de la Hoz
IF the evidence relating to the five
Cuban anti-terrorist fighters concealed by the U.S.
government were to be released, it would provide
irrefutable and convincing arguments to prove their
innocence, free them immediately and allow them to
return to their homeland.
Lula reads the
book, flanked by
Fernando Morais and Alarcón
(Photo: Juvenal Balán)
Cuban National Assembly President
Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada gave this information to
delegates at the 3rd International Conference for
World Equilibrium during the launch of the Cuban
edition of the Los últimos soldados de la Guerra
fría, (The Last Soldiers of the Cold War), by
the Brazilian writer Fernando Morais, an event also
attended by his compatriot, former President Luiz
Inácio Lula da Silva, a special guest at the
conference commemorating the 160th anniversary of
the birth of José Martí.
Alarcón also noted that a panel of a
U.S. Court of Appeals in California recently ordered
the review of a previous decision allowing the U.S.
government to withhold satellite images taken over
the Strait of Florida on February 24, 1996.
Federal authorities have previously
refused this petition from the Five’s defense team
because, according to Alarcón, the material proves
beyond doubt that the light aircraft brought down
that day by Cuban security forces were in Cuban
airspace, thus refuting the unfounded charge against
Gerardo Hernández for conspiracy to commit murder.
Washington has also refused to
release receipts for payments made to journalists
who contributed to what the Atlanta Appeal Court
judges described as "a perfect storm of prejudice
Alarcón highlighted the paradox that
while the media had mostly silenced the injustice
committed against the Five, in southern Florida,
both before and during the trial, federal employees
pretending to be journalists – many of them linked
to Cuban terrorist groups – were manipulating public
opinion and pressuring the jury.
Alarcón described Morais' book as an
enormous contribution to the cause of freedom for
the Five, and commented that it is a work that Martí
would have read with loving interest, having
encountered in its pages five young men who lived,
like himself, in the "belly of the beast" and yet
have retained intact their dignity and love for the
Morais expressed his conviction that,
sooner rather than later, he will meet with Gerardo,
Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René, in Havana to
celebrate the triumph of truth and justice.
During the event, Frei Betto and the
U.S.-based Cuban journalist, Max Lesnick, expressed
their admiration for the courage and honesty of the
Five and Morais’ literary contribution.