Justice? Federal judge rules American who spied for Castro dictatorship can stay in Cuba
A federal judge has ruled that American Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Castro spies caught and convicted for espionage and for their role in the murder of our innocent American pilots from Brothers to the Rescue, can stay in Cuba as long as he renounces his U.S. citizenship. Gonzalez will now get to live the rest of this days surrounded by family members; something the families of the four men he helped to have ruthlessly murdered will never experience.
This is justice?
Federal judge allows 'Cuban Five' spy to stay in Cuba
One of the convicted spies known as the "Cuban Five" will be able to permanently remain in Cuba in exchange for renouncing his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Friday.
MIAMI (AP) — One of the convicted spies known as the "Cuban Five" will be able to permanently remain in Cuba in exchange for renouncing his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Friday after U.S. officials dropped their initial opposition.
Rene Gonzalez, 56, has been in Cuba since April 22 to attend memorial services for his father, who died last month. Gonzalez was released from U.S. prison in October 2011 but was still serving three years' probation, which the Justice Department had previously insisted must be completed in the U.S.
This week, however, the Justice Department reversed its position, leading to U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard's ruling accepting Gonzalez's offer to give up U.S. citizenship.
Reached in Havana, Gonzalez told The Associated Press he was thrilled but wanted a chance to review the judge's decision.
"First I have to read the order," he said. "If the order is real, it will be a great relief to me."
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