Cuba says jailed Jewish-American Gross does not have cancer

November 28, 2012 18:15


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HAVANA - Jewish-American Alan Gross, serving a 15-year sentence for installing Internet networks in Cuba, does not have cancer and is in overall good health, the Cuban government said on Wednesday, responding to charges by his lawyer that he is not receiving adequate medical care.

A biopsy has found that a lump on Gross' shoulder, about which his wife Judy and lawyer Jared Genser have expressed great concern, is not cancerous, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It said it informed US diplomats, including US Interests Section chief John Caulfield, about the test results in a meeting in the Cuban capital on Monday.

Gross, 63, was arrested in Havana in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for installing Internet networks in Cuba under a US program the Cuban government considers subversive.

The case put the brakes on a brief warming in long-hostile US-Cuba relations after President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

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