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Four-Year Mark of the Continued Incarceration of Alan Gross

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 2, 2013


Tomorrow, development worker Alan Gross will begin a fifth year of unjustified imprisonment in Cuba. Cuban authorities arrested Mr. Gross on December 3, 2009, and later sentenced him to 15 years in prison for facilitating uncensored internet contact between a small, religious community on the island and the rest of the world. It is gravely disappointing, especially in light of its professed goal of providing Cubans with internet access, that the Cuban Government has not allowed Mr. Gross to return to his family, where he belongs. Mr. Gross is a 64-year-old husband, father, and dedicated professional with a long history of providing aid to underserved communities in more than 50 countries. We reiterate our call on the Cuban Government, echoing foreign leaders and even Cuba’s allies, to release Alan Gross immediately and unconditionally.

PRN: 2013/1504


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