Monday, March 19, 2012

Judge: Convicted spy can visit Cuba

Roberto and Rene Gonzalez when they were children
Convicted spy Rene Gonzalez can return to Havana for two weeks to visit his dying brother in Cuba, a Florida judge ruled Monday.

Judge Joan Lenard set the following conditions, taken verbatim from the court order:
  1. Defendant must obtain all necessary permission, licenses, and/or clearance from the United States Government, including the Department of State and Department of the Treasury, separate and apart from this Order.
  2. Defendant shall submit to his probation officer a written, detailed itinerary of his travel, including flight numbers, routing, location, and contact information, as well as copies of all necessary clearances and licenses obtained from the United States Government.
  3. Rene Gonzalez
  4. During his absence from the district of supervision, Defendant shall report telephonically to his probation officer as directed by his probation officer.
  5. The terms of Defendant’s supervised release shall remain otherwise unchanged, and Defendant must return to the United States and to the district of his supervised release within two weeks of departure.
The convicted agent's brother, Roberto Gonzalez, has been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer.
The former agent's lawyer, Phil Horowitz, said in a statement:
On behalf of the Gonzalez family, I would like to thank the court for recognizing the humanitarian nature of this request. This will allow René to be there for his brother as Roberto was there for René.
U.S. Rept. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL, had opposed the visit to Cuba, calling Gonzalez a threat to U.S. security.
She wrote:
Gonzalez was convicted in U.S. courts for his role in the murders of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales, three U.S. citizens and one U.S. resident. The security concerns raised by law enforcement and U.S. intelligence agencies, who oppose Gonzalez’s request to travel to Cuba, must not be ignored. Allowing Rene Gonzalez to travel to Cuba would be a dangerous mistake, and would jeopardize U.S. national security.
Although the Department of Justice opposes Rene Gonzalez’s motion to travel to Cuba, it has taken a step in the wrong direction by outlining conditions under which Gonzalez could be allowed to do so. There is no set of conditions under which we could allow Gonzalez to return to Cuba without risking U.S. security.
Gonzalez’s track record proves that his intentions are to hurt the United States. I urge the Department of Justice to protect U.S. security, and also to honor the Brother to the Rescue victims and their families, by stating explicitly that Rene Gonzalez will not be permitted to travel to Cuba. No way, no shape, no how.


Belkis Bigles said...

Los jueces en EUA se hacen los inocentes y los ingenuos cuando les conviene. Apuesto a que no regresara. Tu crees que a los Castros les importe mucho darle refugio en su farm a otro profugo de la justicia de USA?. Veremos.

Tracey Eaton said...

Belkis - Me preguntaba si Rene regresar a los EE.UU. Nació en los EE.UU. Pensé que tal vez en realidad preferiría vivir en este país. Una desventaja de regresar a Cuba es que podría dañar la capacidad de negociación del gobierno cubano en relación con Los Cinco. Pero no sé si eso es un factor importante para los funcionarios cubanos. Regresando René a Cuba sería una victoria para las autoridades cubanas ya que carteles que dicen "Volverán" en toda Cuba.