Cuban Authorities Want Prisoner Swap for Allan Gross


alan-grossJailed American Allan Gross is in “good condition,” the Cuban government said Wednesday in response to news the USAID subcontractor had gone on a hunger strike to press for his release.

The 64-year-old was arrested in December 2009 for allegedly distributing telecommunications equipment to members of Cuba’s Jewish community under a contract with the US Agency for International Development. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011 after being convicted of “acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state.”

“The Cuban government reaffirms its willingness to find a solution to Mr. Gross’ situation with the US government that takes into account Cuba’s humanitarian concerns relating to the situation of three Cubans, members of the Cuban Five, who remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States for more than 15 years,” foreign ministry official Josefina Vidal said.

The so-called Cuban Five are intelligence agents convicted in a 1998 US spy case. Read more here.

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