Washington, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) U.S. Liberation newspaper sued today the State Department for denying access to the information necessary to address the case of the Cuban Five convicted and imprisoned in the U.S.A, said the attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard. The lawyer, executive director of the Fund for Civil Justice Association, stated at a press conference that the legal action is brought under the Freedom of Information Act to enforce the public’s right to information about the federal government’s payments to journalists in the United States to saturated the Miami media with hostile, inflammatory and prejudicial stories regarding the Cuban Five.
Between 1998 and 2001, the population of Florida received through the press, radio and television a flow of negative propaganda to persuade the jury and interfere in the legal process of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René González. They are internationally known as The Five, and severe penalties were imposed to them in 2001 because they were monitoring violent groups based in Miami, from where actions have been organized during the past 53 years resulting in more than 3.400 victims in Cuba.
René González was released from prison in October 2011 after serving his sentence, but was subjected to three years of supervised release and only returned to the Caribbean nation last April when he renounced to his U.S. citizenship.
“They have refused to hand over documents from before November 1999, arguing that to that date Radio and Television Martí belonged to the United States Information Agency (USIA), said Verheyden-Hilliard while specifying that they did no authorized the access to any other data. The lawyer gave the press conference as part of a global day of solidarity with the Five which took place in Washington from May 30 to June 5.