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The South Florida Roundup

Was The Miami Trial Of The Cuban Five Fair?

Elaine Chen

On a special edition of The Florida Roundup, we discuss the controversial case of the Cuban Five, Cuban agents who were convicted in 2001 of espionage along with other charges.

In Cuba, they are called heroes, their faces on billboards across the island country. In the U.S., they are relatively unknown spies.  

One of the five, Gerardo Hernandez, was also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder for helping Cuba in 1996 to shoot down two planes operated by Brothers to the Rescue, a Cuban exile group. Tried in Miami, Hernandez received life in prison while the other four were sentenced to lesser prison terms. 

Host Tom Hudson speaks with guests WLRN's Americas Correspondent Tim Padgett; Stephen Kimber, whose book, What Lies Across the Water, questions the fairness of the Miami trial; and David Buckner, one of the prosecutors in the case.