US lawmakers in Cuba to push for release of Gross

By JTA
February 20, 2013 05:18

 
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A US congressional delegation is in Cuba to press for the release of imprisoned American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross.

The delegation plans to meet with Gross, as well as parliament president Ricardo Alarcon, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and possibly President Raul Castro.Sen. Patrick Leahy met with Gross one year ago during a visit to the island nation. During a meeting that same day with Castro, the president brought up the case of five Cuban agents serving long jail terms in the United States. Cuba has linked Gross' release to the fate of the so-called Cuban Five, according to reports.



Gross was arrested in December 2009 as he was leaving Cuba for “crimes against the state” for distributing laptop computers and connecting Cuban Jews to the Internet. He spoke virtually no Spanish and traveled to Cuba five times under his own name before his arrest.

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