On June 4, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the US issued its ruling upholding the convictions of the five Cuban nationals being held in US jails, including the espionage and murder conspiracy convictions. The Cuban Five had infiltrated right-wing Cuban exile groups in Miami to help prevent terrorist attacks.
At the same time, the US government has refused demands from the Cuban and Venezuelan governments to extradite convicted terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, responsible for blowing up a Cuban airliner in 1976 that killed all passengers, to Venezuela where he escaped from jail.
Below, is an abridged statement at a May 20 press conference by Gloria La Riva
on behalf of the US National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. For more information, visit http://freethefive.org