In September 1998, five Cubans were arrested by FBI in Miami and they were confined in a punishment cell for seven months until their case was presented on the court. Their mission in the United States was to monitor the activities of groups and organizations that are responsible of terrorist attacks activities against Cuba.
Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González were accused on charges of conspiracy to commit espionage; the U.S. government did not confirm that they had been spying where they did not seize any official documents condemning the five Cubans to do so.
For that, the Yemeni Cuban Friendship Association “Solidarity with the Cuban freedom fighters in the prisons of the United States Committee” organized a ceremony for the declaration of the Yemen Solidarity Committee that concluded with the issuance of a solidarity statement for the immediate release of all Cuban activists detained in U.S. prisons.
David Paulovic Escalona, Cuban ambassador in Sana’a, said that for them the five Cuban heroes return to their homes that are still in U.S. prisons is a duty and a national task. “These young people were working in Miami in order not to do terrorist acts against the Cuban people for the Government of the United States was agreeing of the terrorist acts against the Cuban people”.
The Cuban ambassador highly appreciated the formation of the Committee of Five Cuban heroes that have been created recently in Yemen “with this wonderful primitive activity of business solidarity in Yemen. The foundation of the Cuban people with the cooperation of the Yemeni people builds a beautiful historic friendship”.