I was in Cuba on holiday a few years ago. I have to say that Havana is one of the most fascinating cities I have ever seen. It is as if it is stuck in a 1950s time warp. The cars and the architecture are from another age. That is the age before the Castro Government won power in 1959 and the US blockade began.
It was during this trip that I became aware of the injustice suffered by the Miami 5.
They are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González. Cuba had been subjected to a series of terrorists attacks from extremists based in Miami. It is suspected that they were behind several thousand killings including the blowing up of a Cuban Airplane in the 1970s.
The Miami 5 were sent to the USA by Cuba in an attempt to infiltrate and frustrate the plans of the terrorist group. They were subsequently arrested and accused of espionage against the USA. They were tried in Miami despite Defence pleas for a different venue. This was because of the anti Cuban lobby in Miami which effectively meant that a fair trial was not possible.
Despite the absence of any evidence that they had obtained any improper information they were convicted and given extremely severe prison sentences.
This is one of the great unsung injustices of recent years.
There is more about their story here –
In 2010, one of my Partners in EAD solicitors, Tom Doherty, visited CUBA and saw the work being done on their behalf.
This week sees the opening of an art exhibition in London to highlight the cause and to raise funds.
EAD solicitors is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event. If you are in the area please visit the exhibition. Please also find out about and support them.
Fighting against injustice wherever it is found.