I want to use these lines to send you the affection of the Five, together with details related to my personal situation. You will understand then why I have delayed in writing to you and answering emails and letters which have come to me in large amounts in these days. I will try to be brief.
Since June 2012, the authorities of this institution informed me that I could be assigned to an institution of low security, due to the low points and clean record that we have maintained in all these 14 years of imprisonment. That being the case, since December 11 all my belongings were packed and (as I finally found out) I was assigned to Miami FCI-Low (remember that now I am in Jesup FCI, of medium security).
On January 11, 2013, I finally left headed for Tallahassee (Florida), which is an institution of temporary transfer. I was there during that weekend, and Monday the 14th we left for Miami, arriving about 3 pm. The reception there was routine, we were only two people, the other person was going to the adjoining prison. When I was interviewed by the official who receives the new "tenants", she told me in a few words that I should not be in the population of that institution for obvious reasons of personal security, and therefore she decided to send me to the "hole" where I should wait for the decision that the management of that place would make later. Really it was a logical decision, given the special situation which Miami has always represented for us Five. Of course, I was there the whole time in complete isolation, alone in my cell.
Thanks to your phone calls, the efficient actions of our revolutionary government and our attorneys, they finally decided to remove me quickly not only from Miami but from all Florida.
So on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5:00 in the morning, they took me from that place, completely restrained in cuffs, directly by car and without delay to here, my first point of departure, Jesup FCI.
Now I am here once again waiting until my case is analyzed and they give me a new assignment to a new place of low security. As always, I will keep you updated. This is how it is up to now, today, January 24, 2013.
Again, the solidarity and support of you all, who were constantly aware of my location at all times, who called the different prisons, as well as the diligent and rapid action of the leadership of our country, of our attorneys, this was essential in this new process, to correct the error of sending me to Miami, and to assure that my stay in such a restricted and delicate situation was minimized.
To all of you we extend our deepest and sincerest gratitude, our affection and the highest expression of respect and brother/sisterhood! Please forgive me for not responding in a timely manner to all your letters and correspondence. You well know how much we love you and admire you. Thanks with all my heart!
With such humanity as yours, victory is certain!
Five eternal embraces!
Ramón Labañino Salazar
Jesup FCI, Georgia
January 24, 2013, 8:51 AM
Comité Nacional para la Libertad de los Cinco Cubanos
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