Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    Compounding an Injustice in Cuba

    Compounding an Injustice in Cuba

    Fourteen months after he was by Cuban authorities while working
    to bring greater access to civil society groups on the island,
    the other shoe has dropped on American contractor Alan .

    02-09-2011

    Fourteen months after he was arrested by Cuban authorities while working
    to bring greater Internet access to civil society groups on the island,
    the other shoe has dropped on American contractor .

    Government prosecutors said they will finally file criminal charges
    against the ailing 61-year old aid worker, accusing him of "acts against
    the integrity and independence" of their country. If convicted, he could
    face up to 20 more years in .

    Mr. Gross works for an American company that was implementing a program
    in Cuba for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Hardly
    subversive, its aim is to strengthen civil society organizations and
    improve the flow of information to and from the island. Mr. Gross was
    particularly engaged with helping members of the island's Jewish
    communities seeking to communicate with other members of their faith
    around the world. Even Cuban has recognized the
    need for the Cuban people to become more connected through technology,
    when in 2008 he took steps to liberalize government policies on goods
    and services, allowing the private ownership of cell phones and personal
    computers.

    Mr. Gross' long imprisonment without charge was contrary to all
    international obligations and commitments regarding justice
    and due process. The severe charges now being considered compound a
    serious injustice against a man already unfairly detained and deprived
    of his liberty.

    The is deeply concerned about Mr. Gross's welfare and
    urges again that he be freed without conditions and allowed to return to
    his family in the United States. His continued detention is a major
    impediment to advancing the dialogue between our two nations.

    http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Compounding-an-Injustice-in-Cuba-115666389.html