Monday, November 26, 2012

Convicted agent's wife: "Obama could do justice"

Elizabeth Palmeiro, wife of Ramón Labañino
Cuba's Foreign Ministry today held an online forum about the Cuban Five. Relatives of the five convicted Cuban agents were among those answering questions from forum participants. I asked whether the State Department might change its stance on the Cuban Five in light of Barack Obama's re-election.
Elizabeth Palmeiro, the wife of convicted agent Ramón Labañino, replied:
Mis saludos agradecidos en nombre de todo los familiares de los Cinco.
Es nuestra fe absoluta que se impondrá la justicia en el caso de los Cinco, creemos que en este segundo mandato, Obama pudiera hacer justicia, pero eso solo será posible con la presión internacional de los miles de amigos que se han unido a esta campaña y los muchos que aun no se han sumado por el silencio mediático que ha existido adicionalmente a nuestros familiares.

Apelamos a Obama como abogado, hombres de leyes, como Premio Nobel de la Paz, como padre amoroso y esposo fiel que haga lo que Amnistía Internacional le propuso hacer en el 2010, hacer uso de sus prerrogativas presidenciales y firme un indulto o perdón para estos hombres que cada vez son más respetados y admirados por millones en el mundo.
My translation:
My grateful greetings on behalf of all the families of the Five.
It is our absolute faith that justice will prevail in the case of the Five, we believe that in this second term, Obama could do justice, but that is only possible with international pressure from the thousands of friends who have joined this campaign and the many who still have not joined the media silence that has existed, in addition to our family.
We appeal to Obama as a lawyer, a man of law, as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, as a loving father and devoted husband, to do what Amnesty International proposed he do in 2010, to use his presidential prerogatives and sign a pardon or forgiveness for these men who are increasingly respected and admired by millions worldwide.

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