US aid contractor Gross goes on trial in Cuba

By REUTERS
March 5, 2011 03:48

 
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HAVANA - An American aid contractor who worked in a US program aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government went on trial on Friday, accused of crimes against the state, but no verdict was reached and testimony will continue on Saturday, trial observers said.

Alan Gross, 61, faces a possible 20-year sentence if convicted in a case that halted a brief period of improvement in US-Cuban relations and could damage them for years if Gross is imprisoned for long.

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