Ramón Labañino, one of the five Cubans imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998, sent a message for the death of lawyer Roberto Gonzalez, a member of the legal team working for the release of this group of fighters.
Gonzalez, who died yesterday in Havana, cancer victim, had spent the last years of his life to the cause of Labañino, Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and his brother Rene Gonzalez, internationally known as the Cuban Five.
I have just know the tough news of the death of our dear brother Roberto Gonzalez, and I want to send to his mother, wife, family, friends and all our beloved people, and especially Rene, our pain and sorrow, expresses the note.
Those who had the honor to meet him, share with him, he remarked, know very well the stature of Cuban faithful man he was always showed himself at all times.
His legal support, his charisma, his human dedication to our cause and Cuba, are images that will last with us and forever.
In early March, Roberto Gonzalez received the title of honorary member of the Union of National Lawyers (National Lawyers Guild, NLG), the oldest and largest legal organization of the United States. The award was given in recognition of his contributions as an advocate for human rights and, especially, for his professional efforts in the case of the Five.
The Cuban Five, imprisoned for preventing actions against Cuba from violent groups based in Florida, were sentenced to up to two life sentences plus 15 years in prison in a trial internationally criticized for its many irregularities. (Taken from PL)