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  • Cars drive past a banner featuring five Cuban prisoners held in U.S. custody, two of whom were previously released, in Havana Dec. 17, 2014.

    Cars drive past a banner featuring five Cuban prisoners held in U.S. custody, two of whom were previously released, in Havana Dec. 17, 2014. | Photo: Reuters

As part of a prisoner exchange, three of the remaining Cuban Five will be released from prison in the United States and allowed to return to Cuba.

Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cubans jailed by the U.S. for anti-terror activities, has confirmed via Twitter that his companions will be released from prison in the United States. 

Gonzalez, who was himself released in 2011, tweeted that the dates have been changed and that the three remaining heroes will be returning to Cuba Wednesday.

 

 

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Known widely as the Cuban Five, the men were unjustly imprisoned in the United States after being arrested by the FBI in September 1998 and then later convicted in a U.S. federal court in Miami in 2001. They are Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez.

Their arrest has been described as a political persecution by the U.S. government, with the Five falsely accused of conspiracy to  commit espionage against the United States, and other related charges.

As the Cuban Five have long explained, they were on a mission in Miami beginning in 1990 to monitor the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups in order to prevent those groups from carrying out attacks on Cuba.

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