Cuban Spy Seeks Return for Father’s Death

MIAMI (AP) _ A convicted Cuban spy still serving probation in the U.S. is asking a federal judge to allow him to return to Cuba temporarily for his father’s memorial service.

Rene Gonzalez says in court papers that his 82-year-old father Candido Gonzalez died April 1 following a stroke.

Gonzalez is asking for permission to attend a family memorial service in Havana.

Gonzalez is one of the so-called Cuban Five convicted of spying on Cuban exiles in Florida and attempting to infiltrate military installations and political campaigns.

They are celebrated as heroes in Cuba.

Gonzalez completed a 13-year prison term in October 2011 but is still on three years’ probation.

He has visited Cuba one time since.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard wants prosecutors to respond by Wednesday whether they oppose the trip.