International jurists meet in London to examine case of Cuban Five

Human Rights lawyers present expert testimony demonstrating prosecutorial misconduct, lack of evidence and media manipulation.

March 8, 2014 – An international Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban Five is currently underway at the Law Society in London. The Cuban Five are five Cuban agents who were arrested in 1998 for infiltrating anti-Castro terrorist networks to prevent attacks against Cuba. They were tried in Miami, Florida, found guilty during a highly charged trial, and sentenced to inordinately long prison sentences.

The investigating commission is comprised of prominent international jurists, including former Indian Justice Minister Yogesh Sabharwal; former member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Zak Yaccob; and former judge of France’s Court of Cassation Phillipe Texier.

The Commission heard video testimony from René González, one of the Cuban Five, who was released in 2011 and denied a visa by the British government to attend the inquiry;Lt. Col. Roberto Hernandez Caballero, a researcher of the Cuban Ministry of Interior;Martin Garbus, an attorney for Five; Philip Horowitz, defense attorney for René González; and the wives of René González, Gerardo Hernández, and Ramón Labañino.

The Inquiry also held panel discussions with Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon, and Miguel Angel Martinez, Vice-President of the European Parliament.

The Commission invited U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew W. D Barzun to participate, but the Ambassador declined citing other pressing commitments.

More than 300 participants are participating in the International Inquiry, including representatives from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, Vietnam, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Norway, Romania, El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba.

Upon the judgment of the Commissioners, the evidence and opinion will be sent to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

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