According to Cuba’s Prensa Latina (PRELA), the defense team for Gerardo Hernandez, one of the convicted Wasp Network spies sentenced to a long prison terms in the United States, will file an appeal on Monday, Aug 20, in an attempt to overturn his conviction.
PRELA reported “U.S. lawyer Martin Garbus will introduce an affidavit in the United States District Court in Miami, to support the habeas corpus appeal for Gerardo and the reversal of his conviction, citing misconduct by the U.S. Government during the trial.”
Hernandez, sentenced to double life sentences plus 15 years, was arrested in 1998 along with Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, for crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder to espionage-associated charges.
The 82-page affidavit asks the Court, “on behalf of Gerardo, to order discovery from Washington of evidence that reveals payments to journalists from the public treasury, to create a hostile atmosphere and promote the imprisonment of the Five.”
Four of the Cuban 5 remain incarcerated. Only Rene Gonzalez has completed his prison sentence, although he remains in Florida serving three years of supervised release.