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Issue #1434      4 November 2009

The UN Association of Australia presents case of Cuban Five

A presentation of the case of the Cuban Five, unjustly incarcerated in the United States was carried out at Sydney’s Macquarie University, sponsored by the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA).

The main speakers were Doctor Gill Boehringer, professor, lawyer, and former Dean of the university’s Faculty of Law, and Joanne Kuniansky, member of the Free the Five Committee in Canberra.

Boehringer focused on the process and its legal flimsiness, the violations of the due process of the law, and the illegality of the sentences given to Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez.

For her part, Kuniansky tackled the human and political aspects of the trial and the double standard of the US government, which has tried and condemned these innocent Cubans for the sole fact of defending their homeland from terrorist actions planned in US territory.

The two lecturers emphasised that the case of the Cuban Five is a political trial rather than a legal case, in which the US government has shown its hatred and aggressiveness toward the Cuban people, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s web site reports.

The audience at this centre of higher studies, which has some 32,000 students, was mainly made up of students from the faculties of Humanities and Law, who showed their interest in the case and requested explanations in order to deepen their knowledge of this case.

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