October 13, 2009
New Sentence for Cuban Antiterrorist Jailed in the USA
A US judge today resentenced Antonio Guerrero, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist unjustly incarcerated in the United States, to 21 years plus 10 month in jail, two more years than what was agreed by the defense and the prosecution teams at the re-sentencing hearing.
Judge Joan Lenard didn't pay heed to the suggestion by the government and attorneys about a reduction to 20 years of the previous life sentence plus 10 years given to Antonio Guerrero, Alicia Jrapko, member of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Five, told Prensa Latina news agency.
Jrapko, who attended this Tuesday the re-sentencing hearing, held in Miami, explained that the government acknowledged that the Cuban Five case caused diverse reactions all over the world, where many voices demand their release.
Guerrero's hearing precedes those of Fernando Gonzalez and Ramón Labañino, which were postponed after the judge issued an order in response to a request by the defense.
The three antiterrorists were scheduled for re-sentencing after the 11th Circuit of Atlanta's Court of Appeals overturned the previous sentences for having considered them wrong and resulting from a murky trial.
Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez, along Gerardo Hernandez and René Gonzalez, have been serving sentences that range from 15 years to double life term, for reporting to their country on terrorist actions planned by ultra-right and anti-Cuba groups based in the US state of Florida. Those sentences were also imposed by Judge Lenard in 2001.
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5
P.O. Box 22455
Oakland CA 94609