Cuban Terrorist-Hunters, in Chains, Charged in Florida
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source - Orlando Sun Sentinel <orlandosentinel.com>
September 5, 2001
Pair to face trial on spy charges in Miami
The Orlando couple were arrested Friday and charged with being part of a
Cuban spy ring.
By Jon Steinman
Orlando Sun Sentinel
The Orlando couple accused of being members of a Cuban spy ring in Florida
waived their detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Orlando on Tuesday
-- paving the way for both to be transported to Miami where their trial will
The couple's arraignment date has not been set but is expected soon. They
were expected to be transported to Miami either Tuesday afternoon or this
morning by the U.S. Marshal's Service.
George and Marisol Gari can still seek a detention hearing later but waived
their chance for one Tuesday so that they can first have defense attorneys
appointed to handle their case. The public defenders representing the couple
in Orlando on Tuesday will not be the same attorneys appointed to handle
their trial, said Fletcher Peacock, an assistant federal defense attorney
for George Gari.
George Gari, 41, and Marisol Gari, 42, appeared briefly in court Tuesday,
bound in leg and arm shackles and wearing red jail jumpsuits. George Gari
recently worked for the national defense contractor Lockheed-Martin in the
Orlando area. Both were arrested Friday and identified by federal
investigators as foreign agents operating under the code names Luis and
Margot. Federal agents charged the couple with working with five spies of
Cuba's "Wasp Network," who were convicted of espionage conspiracy in June.
The five are awaiting sentencing in Miami.
The Garis stand accused of trying to penetrate the United States Southern
Command in Miami by placing an agent in a job there. Southern Command staff
coordinate all military activities, and much of the anti-drug activities,
run by the United States in Central and South America.
The couple are also accused of trying to spy on the Cuban-American National
Foundation and one of its leaders and providing intelligence to agents of
the Cuban military in Havana.
The couple, according to their indictment, were to function as spies "by
gathering and transmitting information to the Cuban government concerning
United States government functions and installations, by informing on
anti-Castro Cuban political groups in Miami-Dade County, and by carrying out
other operational directives of the Cuban government."
The Garis moved to Orlando less than a year ago. George Gari was born in
Brooklyn but grew up in Cuba, where his wife was born and raised. Both have
submitted to interviews with federal agents, but government attorneys
refused to comment on whether, or how much, the pair have cooperated with
If convicted, they would face less than 10 years in prison, said Peacock
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