Mother of Rene Gonzalez Waits for Entry Visa to Travel to the US

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 4 October 2011

from the Cuban News Agency

Irma Sehweret, mother of Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorists incarcerated in the United States, is waiting for an entry visa in order to travel to that country and embrace her son on October 7, when he gets out of prison and begins his "supervised release."

Sehweret, who participated on Tuesday in one of the activities to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Evangelical Seminar of Theology (SET), in this city, said that she's still hopeful, but not too hopeful, of arriving in the US in time to see him when he gets out of prison.

She pointed out that last week she had an interview at the US Interests Section in Havana, but that so far she hasn't received any answer, and recalled that the visas for the relatives of The Five have to be authorized by the State Department.

Rene's mother commented that his daughters -Irmita and Ivette- will travel within the next few hours, while his father and Roberto, his brother, are already in US territory to be with him when he leaves prison.

Irma pointed out that she spoke with him over the telephone on Tuesday morning, and that he said he was in good health, strong, and happy because he has a clear conscience.

Also present in the meeting were Mirtha Rodriguez, mother of Antonio Guerrero; Rosa Aurora Freijanes, wife of Fernando Gonzalez; and Caridad Diego, head of the office for religious affairs of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, who conversed with ecumenical leaders.

Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez were monitoring the activities of Miami-based terrorist groups that were planning crimes against Cuba and are incarcerated in the US serving long sentences, as a consequence of a biased and politicized trial.

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