Home About Us Legal Front Downloads Audio/Visual Contact Us Store/Donate
Important Message from Ramón Labañino

Feb. 1, 2013

Dear Friends,

I want to use these lines to send you the affection of the Five, together with details related to my personal situation. You will understand then why I have delayed in writing to you and answering emails and letters which have come to me in large amounts in these days. I will try to be brief.

Since June 2012, the authorities of this institution informed me that I could be assigned to an institution of low security, due to the low points and clean record that we have maintained in all these 14 years of imprisonment. That being the case, since December 11 all my belongings were packed and (as I finally found out) I was assigned to Miami FCI-Low (remember that now I am in Jesup FCI, of medium security).

On January 11, 2013, I finally left headed for Tallahassee (Florida), which is an institution of temporary transfer. I was there during that weekend, and Monday the 14th we left for Miami, arriving about 3 pm. The reception there was routine, we were only two people, the other person was going to the adjoining prison. When I was interviewed by the official who receives the new "tenants", she told me in a few words that I should not be in the population of that institution for obvious reasons of personal security, and therefore she decided to send me to the "hole" where I should wait for the decision that the management of that place would make later. Really it was a logical decision, given the special situation which Miami has always represented for us Five. Of course, I was there the whole time in complete isolation, alone in my cell.

Thanks to your phone calls, the efficient actions of our revolutionary government and our attorneys, they finally decided to remove me quickly not only from Miami but from all Florida.

So on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5:00 in the morning, they took me from that place, completely restrained in cuffs, directly by car and without delay to here, my first point of departure, Jesup FCI.

Now I am here once again waiting until my case is analyzed and they give me a new assignment to a new place of low security. As always, I will keep you updated. This is how it is up to now, today, January 24, 2013.

Again, the solidarity and support of you all, who were constantly aware of my location at all times, who called the different prisons, as well as the diligent and rapid action of the leadership of our country, of our attorneys, this was essential in this new process, to correct the error of sending me to Miami, and to assure that my stay in such a restricted and delicate situation was minimized.

To all of you we extend our deepest and sincerest gratitude, our affection and the highest expression of respect and brother/sisterhood! Please forgive me for not responding in a timely manner to all your letters and correspondence. You well know how much we love you and admire you.

Thanks with all my heart!
With such humanity as yours, victory is certain!
Five eternal embraces!

Ramón Labañino Salazar
Jesup FCI, Georgia
January 24, 2013, 8:51 AM


How Hot is the Water?

by Bill Norris, trial and appeals attorney for Ramón Labañino
Feb. 1, 2013

The Cuban Five are hoping to get a hearing before United States District Judge Joan A. Lenard to present evidence that they were denied the fundamental constitutional right to due process of law in their trial and conviction in Miami. The recent attempt of the Bureau of Prisons to transfer one of The Five, Ramón Labañino, to FCI Miami (Low) demonstrates the pervasiveness of the problem which denied them due process at trial.

Since the trial,the Five have learned that the Office of Cuban Broadcasting, through Radio Marti, was paying nominally independent journalists to disseminate that office’s message.
The message is regime change in Cuba. Conviction of the Five became a sub-text of that message. The Office of Cuban Broadcasting, chartered to send propaganda to Cuba to effect regime change, illegally used its $34 million annual budget to propagandize the community in Miami, of which the jury is a part and for which the jury speaks, to secure the conviction of The Five.

It is said that frogs can boil to death if water is gradually heated; the frogs simply are not aware of how hot the water has gotten. The Bureau of Prisons’ transfer attempt shows just how
hot the water actually is.

Ramón was being held in a medium security facility. Removal of what is called an “administrative variable” allowed his transfer to a low security facility. There is such a facility in Miami, Florida. The Bureau of Prisons decided to send Ramón there.

Ramón told the Bureau of Prisons that this was not a good idea, but since he could not identify a specific threat, the transfer went through. When he arrived in Miami on January 15, 2013, the official who interviewed him immediately recognized the problem. In Miami, unlike the rest of the nation and the rest of the Bureau of Prisons, both some inmates and some staff hold deeply rooted animus to the regime in Cuba that makes Ramón’s very safety, let alone his fair treatment, a problem. The result was that Ramón was “thrown in the hole,” the special housing unit, and held incommunicado. Even his attorney was denied the right to meet with him.

Ultimately, a visit by an attorney was allowed, but Ramón and his attorney were locked in the attorney visitation room and a special guard stood watch outside the locked door.

The Warden at the Miami Federal Correctional Institution realizes that Ramón is in danger there. Will the District Judge realize how hot the water is and allow the attorneys for the Five their day in court?

 

     
Mensaje Importante de Ramón Labañino

1 de febrero de 2013

Queridos amigos,

Quiero utilizar estas lineas para enviarles el cariño de los Cinco, junto a los últimos acontecimientos relativos a mi caso particular. Comprenderán entonces porqué me he demorado en escribirles y reponder correos y cartas que en grandes cantidades nos han llegado en estas fechas. Trataré de ser breve.

Desde junio/2012, las autoridades de esta institución me habían informado que yo podía ser asignado para una institución de baja seguridad, debido a los bajos puntos y el record limpio que mantenemos en todos estos 14 años de encierro. Siendo así, desde el 11 de diciembre se me empacaron todas mis propiedades y (como al final pude conocer) fui asignado a FCI Miami-Low (recuerden que ahora me encuentro en FBI Jesup — de mediaseguridad).

El 11 de enero, 2013 es que finalmente salí en viaje hast Tallahassee, que es una institución de transferencia temporal. Estuvimos allí durante ese fin de semana, y el lunes, 14, salimos en dirección a Miami, llegando sobre las 3:00 pm. El recibimiento allí fue el rutinario, sólo llegamos dos personas, la otra iba dirigida al campo anexo. Cuando me entrevisté con la oficial que recibe a los nuevos "inquilinos", ella me informó en breves palabras que yo no debía estar en la población de esa institución por razones obvias de seguridad personal, por lo tanto determinó enviarme para el hueco donde yo debería esperar por la decisión que la dirección de ese lugar tomaría posteriormente. Realmente fue una postura lógicadadas las condiciones especiales que siempre ha significado Miami para nosotros Cinco. Por supuesto que estuve todo el tiempo en aislamiento completo, solo en mi celda.

Gracias a las llamadas de ustedes, las eficientes gestiones de nuestro gobierno revolucionario y abogados, finalmente deciden sacarme cuanto antes no sólo de Miami sino de toda La Florida. Por ello el martes 22, 2013, a las cinco de la mañana, me sacan de ese lugar, totalmente esposado en un auto en viaje directo y sin escalas hasta este, mi lugar inicial de partida, FCI Jesup.

Ahora me encuentro nuevamente aquí en espera de que se analice mi caso y me den una nueva asignación a un nuevo lugar de baja seguridad. Como siempre, les mantendré informados.

Así están las cosas hasta el día de hoy, enero 24, 2013.

Nuevamente, la solidaridad y apoyo de todos ustedes que siempre estuvieron pendientes de mi ubicación en cada momento, que llamaron a las diferentes prisiones, así como el actuar diligente y rápido de la dirección de nuestro país, de nuestros abogados, fue esencial en este nuevo proceso, en que se corrigiera el error de enviarnos a Miami, y que nuestra estadía en condiciones tan restrictivas y delicadas fuera la menor posible.
¡A todos les extendemos nuestra más profunda y sincera gratitud, nuestro cariño y la expresión más alta de respeto y hermandad!

Les pido perdón por no responder a tiempo todos sus correos y correspondencias. Bien saben cuánto les queremos y estimamos.

¡Gracias de todo corazón!
¡Con una humanidad como la de todos ustedes, toda victoria es real!
¡Cinco abrazos eternos!

Ramón Labañino Salazar
FCI Jesup, Georgia
Enero 24, 2013, 8:51 AM

Home  |  News Archives  |  Legal Front  |  Downloads  |  Audio  |  Video  |  Contact Us  |  Store/Donate