Friday, February 4, 2011

Cuban prosecutors want Alan Gross to serve a 20-year jail term

Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba's Communist Party, reported today that prosecutors will ask that Alan Gross spend 20 years behind bars.
The paper published a statement, reprinted in CubaDebate, that said:
Following an exhaustive investigation, the People’s Provincial Tribunal of the City of Havana has received from the Prosecution preparatory file No. 59/2009 with the accusation of US citizen Alan Phillip Gross for the crime of “Actions Against the Independence and Territorial Integrity of the State.” In accordance with Article 91 of the Cuban Penal Code, the Prosecution is requesting a 20-year prison sentence for the defendant. The date of the trial will be set shortly. The US government has been informed of this and duly notified through the diplomatic channels that its consular representatives, Mr. Gross’ relatives and his family lawyers will be allowed to attend the trial.
The Center for Democracy in the America's posted this reaction:
What does this mean? Ideally, Alan Gross's case is finally moving forward after his fourteen months in detention without charge. Once he goes to trial, it would be our hope that he is finally allowed to return home on the basis of time served, as indicated in earlier reports. We also hope that each of the remaining political prisoners in Cuba will have their cases addressed soon.

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