WASHINGTON - Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross asked the US government to sign a non-belligerency pact with Cuba in an effort to obtain his release from a military hospital there.
In a meeting with a Cuba specialist from a non-profit research center in Washington, Gross asked that the United States negotiate for his release and a dialogue with no preconditions be held between the two governments, NBC News reported.
On Sunday, about 300 people held a candlelight vigil in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington to mark the anniversary of Gross’ third year in jail in Cuba. They sang and carried protest signs.
Gross, 63, of Potomac, Md., was sentenced last year to 15 years in prison for "crimes against the state." He was arrested in 2009 for allegedly bringing satellite phones and computer equipment to members of Cuba’s Jewish community while working as a contractor for the US Agency on International Development.