Cuban Five in Venezuela

The five Cubans, recently released after years in prison in the United States for their anti-terrorism activities, arrived in Venezuela as part of an international tour.
The Cuban Five arrived in Caracas, Venezuela Monday following an invitation from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
The group is expected to visit six Venezuelan states, starting in the capital of Caracas.
The Cuban Five were imprisoned in the United States in 1998 and sentenced in 2001 on espionage charges. The five Cuban nationals had been monitoring Miami-based terrorist groups plotting to attack Cuba, and carried out no known espionage against the U.S. government.
They were held without bail for 33 months between arrest and trial, with advocates denouncing that the Cubans were kept in solitary confinement for 17 months and denied communication with the outside world.
After years of an international campaign calling for their release, the last of the five were released in December 2014, coinciding with announcements from Cuban President Raul Castro and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama that the two countries would begin to re-establish ties.
The Cuban Five’s upcoming visit to Venezuela will be the first official international tour of the entire group since the 2014 releases.This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address:
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Cuban Anti-terrorists to Receive Venezuelan Highest Decoration

Caracas, May 5 (Prensa Latina) – Cuban anti-terrorist fighters, internationally known as the Cuban Five, will be awarded today with the Venezuelan Liberators Order, in their second day of visit in this country.

According to government sources that highest decoration will be conferred at the National Mausoleum, where the mortal remains of the Liberator of America, Simon Bolivar rest, along with other Venezuelan patriots.

In their arrival on Monday, invited by President Nicolas Maduro, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González paid tribute to the deceased president, Hugo Chavez, at the Mountain headquarters.

In that place, in front of the mortal remains of the author of the Bolivarian Revolution, the Cuban Five remembered that Chavez was the first non-Cuban head of State in stating forward the case to the UN as one of the main pillars of the world battle for their liberation.

These men were sentenced in 2001 to long sentences in US prisons for monitoring the activities of terrorist groups operating against Cuba from US territory of Florida.

We have come to lay at the feet of Chavez the victory of the Five because this is also his victory; He was our best friend and lavished our families with his huge capacity for love, Rene Gonzalez told Prensa Latina.

The Cuban Five received on Monday the Keys of Caracas city and paid tribute to Simon Bolivar in the square of this capital carrying the name of that Venezuelan hero.

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