Judge rules that spy can stay in Cuba; Teen terror suspect won’t be sent home

May 3, 2013
Florida
Judge rules that spy can stay in Cuba

One of the convicted spies known as the “Cuban Five” will be able to permanently remain in Cuba in exchange for renouncing his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Friday after U.S. officials dropped their initial opposition.

Rene Gonzalez, 56, has been in Cuba since April 22 to attend memorial services for his father, who died last month. Gonzalez, who was convicted in 2001, was released from U.S. prison in October 2011 but was still serving three years’ probation, which the Justice Department had previously insisted must be completed in the United States.

Reached in Havana, Gonzalez said he was thrilled but wanted a chance to review the judge’s decision. “If the order is real, it will be a great relief to me,” he said.

— Associated Press

Illinois
Teen terror suspect won’t be sent home

A U.S. District judge Friday ordered that an Aurora, Ill., teen continue to be detained on terrorism-related charges, reversing a decision a day earlier by a magistrate judge to allow him to go home to his family on 24-hour confinement.

U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang agreed with prosecutors that Abdella Ahmad Tounisi posed a danger and flight risk. On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Martin ordered Tounisi released to home confinement on electronic monitors.

But Chang said he had “little confidence the family and community can control the defendant,” calling the 18-year-old “a planner” who was able to set up a post office box and obtain a second passport after his family had taken away his first one.

— McClatchey-Chicago Tribune

Man kills himself in Texas airport: A man who caused a panic when he fired a Glock semi-automatic pistol in the air at George Bush Intercontinental Aiport Thursday afternoon and then killed himself, left a suicide note that spoke of “the monster within me,” police said Friday. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said the dead man, identified as Carnell Moore, was intent only on killing himself.

— Reuters

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