Alan's incarceration for a year without clarity of the legal process he will face or its timing is a travesty. It violates every international standard of justice and due process. We continue to urge the Cuban authorities to release Alan immediately based on humanitarian grounds, as well as the fact that he has already served one year in a Cuban prison.Cuban authorities arrested Gross in Havana on Dec. 3, 2009. His family says he was in Cuba doing international community development work and helping Cuban Jews gain access to the Internet.
Alan has suffered tremendously while incarcerated. He has lost almost 90 pounds and his health has deteriorated significantly. He has had to endure the irreparable pain of being an absent father to his 26-year old daughter, who is fighting breast cancer, and being away from his family for an entire year.
His lawyer, based in Washington, D.C., has experience trying to resolve international disputes.
Here is Kahn's bio:
Although Mr. Kahn purposefully has not specialized or limited his practice, he has spent considerable time focused on litigation involving international disputes. Mr. Kahn has had extensive experience in such matters, both before United States and foreign tribunals. Starting with his representation of the Israelis in the Pollard spy case, Mr. Kahn has handled numerous cases for American clients with interests in Israel, and for Israeli clients with matters pending in the United States, including, among others, the family of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. His international practice involves both civil and criminal matters including extradition and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, as well as business disputes and immigration litigation. His cases have involved numerous foreign countries in addition to Israel, including among others Italy, Switzerland, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Thailand, Bolivia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Bulgaria, France, the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Colombia, Denmark, Russia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and the former Yugoslavia.
Mr. Kahn joined Williams & Connolly LLP in 1976. He has been a partner since 1985. He currently serves as a member of Duke University’s Board of Trustees and Duke Law School’s Board of Visitors, which he chaired from 2001-2007.