“Ours may be one of the most ridiculous accusations of espionage in the history of this country.”
Originally posted by National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo was born in Havana on June 4, 1965. In 1989 he graduated with a degree in International Political Relations. While in school he participated in amateur festivals as part of a theater group and also as a cartoonist-humorist. In 1989 Hernández served as part of the Cuban forces in Angola against the invading South African apartheid regime. He distinguished himself in 54 combat missions and was awarded a medal of honor. Hernández has had his drawings published since 1982 and displayed in gallery exhibitions. His book of caricatures and humor, “You Can Achieve Everything with Love and Humor” was published in 2002. He has been married since 1988 to Adriana Pérez O’Connor. She has been denied entry to the United States by U.S. authorities seven times and has not been able to see her husband in more than eight years. Hernández is sentenced to two life terms plus 15 years and is in U.S.P. Victorville, California.