[Marxism] Cuba leader denounces punitive US treatment of jailed Cuban

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Thu Jul 29 11:46:11 MDT 2010


JUVENTUD REBELDE
Cuban National Assembly President Denounces Unexplained Punishment of
Gerardo Hernández 

Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcón said on Wednesday that the
US government is responsible for the health condition of Cuban antiterrorist
fighter Gerardo Hernández unfairly imprisoned in the United States and for
obstructing justice

Jorge L. Rodríguez González 
jorgeluis at juventudrebelde.cu
July 29, 2010 0:01:43 CDT 

Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcón said on Wednesday that the
US government is responsible for the health condition of Cuban antiterrorist
fighter Gerardo Hernández unfairly imprisoned in the United States and for
obstructing justice.

Alarcón said that Hernández is prevented from communicating with his
lawyers, being confined to a punishment cell of the prison of Victorville,
California, without having committed any indiscipline. 

Alarcón explained that the US government knows about the health condition of
Hernández, who have been requesting to be examined by doctors from April.
Finally, he was attended on July 20 and doctors diagnosed several ailments
that require treatment, said Alarcón to the national press at Havana's
Convention Center, where the permanent commissions of the Parliament are
meeting previous to the Fifth Ordinary Session of the Seventh Legislature of
the People's Power National Assembly.

Alarcón said that however, the next day, instead of taking Hernández to the
clinic, he was sent to the hole, where he has no contact with the doctor or
possibilities of receiving treatment. 

Apparently, the ailment is caused by a bacterium that, according to the
physician, is circulating among inmates, some of whom have become seriously
ill, and we're not sure if that's Gerardo's problem, since he hasn't had any
test and was taken to the hole the day after the consultation, Alarcón
stated.

Alarcón added that it seems that Hernández also has problems with his blood
pressure, something understandable because despite being only 45 years old,
he has been imprisoned under harsh conditions for almost 12 years now. 

"This is a very serious situation," said the Cuban National Assembly
President, after explaining that in the hole, temperatures exceed the 350 C
and that Gerardo Hernández is in a very small cell of two meters long by one
meter wide, which he shares with another prisoner, and where ventilation is
limited, since they breathe through a small hole located at the top of a
wall.

Alarcón also said that once again Washington is obstructing justice because
it does not allow Hernández to communicate with his lawyers, just when he
should be working on the arguments for his habeas corpus (appealing
resource). 

The Cuban leader said that up to the moment the US Department of State is
not answering to the demands made, while contacts are being made with
Hernández' lawyers and in all directions to solve this situation. 

Gerardo Hernández is one of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unfairly
imprisoned in the United States for almost 12 years. 

The Cuban Five —Gerardo Hernández, Ramon Labañino, Fernando González,
Antonio Guerrero and René González—, in a trial plagued with irregularities
and held in a highly biased Miami court, were given harsh sentences ranging
from 15 years to consecutive life terms plus 15 years. Gerardo Hernández was
sentenced to two life terms. 

The five Cubans were working to uncover information about terrorist
activities being planned and carried out against Cuba by ultra-rightwing
organizations based in southern Florida with a long record of terrorist
actions against Cuba and the Cuban people.


When they turned their information over to authorities they were arrested
and have been in jail ever since.

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