Cuban spy case nears crucial point

February 13, 2006

Miami Herald

To many Cuban exiles, the five Cubans accused of spying for the Castro government were convicted in 2001 by a fair and impartial federal jury in Miami.

But to Cuban government supporters in the United States and around the world, the men are political prisoners who were merely defending their country against attacks by U.S.-based exile groups opposed to Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Now lawyers for the accused Cuban spies will argue before 12 federal appellate court judges in Atlanta on Tuesday that their clients did not receive a fair trial five years ago in Miami because the community was saturated with anti-Castro sentiment.


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