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Roberto González, René's brother and member of the Cuban Five legal team, has died

June 22, 2012

Dear friends:

It is with great sadness that we convey the news that Roberto González, René's brother and a member of the Cuban Five legal team, died yesterday in Havana. The National Committee to Free the Cuban Five extends our sympathy and solidarity to René and his entire family at this sad time.

René's lawyers have now re-filed a motion, requesting that René, who is currently serving an unjust 3-year probation in Florida, be allowed to return to Cuba and serve the rest of his probation period there, with his family. We call on the U.S. government to grant this motion, in the interest of justice and human decency.

The following article announcing the death is taken from Prensa Latina:

Roberto González, a member of the Cuban Five legal team and brother of one of the Five, René González, died yesterday in Havana, a victim of cancer.

According to a note from the National Television News, the lawyer had dedicated the last years of his life to the cause of freeing his brother, as well as his comarades Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández and Ramon Labañino.

The antiterrorists, imprisoned for preventing actions against Cuba by violent radical groups in Florida, were condemned to sentences from double life to 15 years, during a judicial process criticized internationally for the occurrence of numerous irregularities.

This March, Roberto González received the title of honorary member of the National Lawyers Guild, the largest and oldest legal organization in the United States.

The honor was offered as a recognition of his contributions as a defender of human rights and for all his professional efforts in the case of the Five (as the antiterrorists are known around the world).

His unwavering commitment to his brother is emblematic of the basic principles of the Guild, that stipulates that human rights are more sacred than private interests, and we are proud to honor him, said Heidi Boghosian, the executive director of the NLG, at the time.

René González got out of prison in October 2011, but is obliged to complete three years of parole in the U.S. before returning to Cuba.

During his brother's illness, René was authorized to go to Cuba for a family visit last March, a stay for which he had to meet a group of conditions like delivering the detailed itinerary of the trip, his location in Cuba, and telephone reports to his probation officer.

According to Roberto's will, his remains will be cremated and veiled in a family ceremony.

     
Fallece Roberto, hermano de René González

22 de junio de 2012
Tomado de Prensa Latina

La Habana, 21 jun (Prensa Latina) Roberto González, miembro del equipo legal de los cinco antiterroristas cubanos encarcelados en Estados Unidos en 1998 y hermano de uno de ellos, René González, falleció hoy aquí víctima de cáncer.

De acuerdo con una nota del Noticiero Nacional de Televisión, el jurista había dedicado los últimos años de su vida a la causa por la liberación de su hermano, así como de sus compañeros Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández y Ramón Labañino.

Los antiterroristas, apresados por prevenir las acciones contra Cuba de grupos violentos radicados en La Florida, fueron condenados a penas de hasta doble cadena perpetua más 15 años de privación de libertad, mediante un proceso judicial criticado a nivel internacional por la ocurrencia de numerosas irregularidades.

A principios de marzo, Roberto González recibió el título de miembro honorario del Gremio Nacional de Abogados (National Lawyers Guild, NLG), la mayor y más antigua organización legal de Estados Unidos.

La condecoración se ofreció en reconocimiento a sus contribuciones como defensor de los derechos humanos y sobre todo por sus esfuerzos profesionales en el caso de los Cinco -como son conocidos los antiterroristas a nivel mundial.

Su compromiso inconmovible hacia su hermano es emblemático de los principios básicos del gremio, que estipula que los derechos humanos son más sagrados que los intereses particulares y nos sentimos orgullosos de contar con él, dijo en aquella ocasión la directora ejecutiva del GNA, Heidi Boghosian.

René González salió de prisión en octubre de 2011, pero está obligado a cumplir tres años de libertad supervisada en territorio estadounidense antes de poder regresar a Cuba.

Ante la enfermedad de su hermano, el antiterrorista fue autorizado a viajar a Cuba en visita familiar el pasado marzo, estancia para la cual tuvo que cumplir un grupo de condiciones como entregar el itinerario detallado del viaje, su localización en Cuba, y reportes telefónicos con su oficial probatorio.

Según su voluntad, los restos del abogado serán cremados y velados en una ceremonia familiar.

 

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