Cuban Five Rene Gonzalez is a Grandfather

By: Susana Gómez Bugallo


2012-11-15 | 14:03:39 EST

The grandson of Cuban Five Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert was born on November 12, 2012 in a hospital in Havana. The baby, Ignacio Rene, is the son of Rene’s oldest daughter Irmita Gonzalez, who has been unjustly robbed of the company of her father since she was 14 years old.

Cuban Five Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert, who was released for prison but forced to stay in Miami for three more years under “supervised release”, eagerly awaits the moment to return home to Cuba to be with his family and meet his newly-born grandson, Ignacio Rene.
Internationally known as the Cuban Five, Rene and his four comrades Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero were given harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to consecutive life terms plus 15 years in a trial plagued with irregularities and held in a highly biased Miami court.
They had been 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.
Rene’s wife Olga also endured the separation from her two daughters as she was temporary imprisoned in a US jail pending deportation to Cuba following the arrest of the Cuban Five in September, 1998.

Rene’s firstborn Irmita saw her father leave home at the early age of 6; and Ivette took her first steps in life without a dad to watch her and be proud.

If the corrupt US judicial system had not unjustly imprisoned Rene for fighting against terrorism, he could be taking Ivette to school now or have seen Irmita grow up to become a psychologist and a mother.
Fourteen years is too long to be away from your loved ones and from your homeland. For this reason, Cubans and people around world supportive of the Five continue fighting for justice and demanding US President Barack Obama release the five antiterrorists, hoping that, in a not-too-distant future, they will finally be able to return to their homeland and grow old surrounded by the warmth of their families.
Let us hope Ignacio Rene does not have to grow up without the love of his grandfather Rene.

Translated by ESTI

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