Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations asked Cuba to release Jewish-American aid worker Alan Gross for time served following the completion of his two-day trial. A verdict has not been released but is expected within the next few days.
“We are disappointed that the prosecution presented Mr. Gross as attempting to destabilize the Cuban government when the project he was working on in Cuba was aimed at helping communication in the local Jewish community. As we mentioned in the appeal we sent to President of Cuba Raul Castro prior to the trial, Mr. Gross has managed multiple humanitarian projects around the world and believed he was advancing his humanitarian work in Cuba. He has already been held in prison for more than 15 months and we urge President Castro to release him for time served and allow him to be reunited with his family, especially his sick daughter,” said Conference of Presidents Chairman Alan Solow and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein.
Alan Gross was arrested on December 3, 2009 while setting up a communications center for the island nation’s Jewish community on charges of espionage.