Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    Clinton Calls for Release of American on Trial in Cuba

    Clinton Calls for Release of American on Trial in Cuba
    VOA News March 04, 2011

    The has called on Cuba to release an American contractor
    who is going on trial in for allegedly supplying dissidents with
    communications equipment.

    Speaking to reporters Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    said the Cuban government should release "unconditionally"
    and allow him to return to his family.

    , who has been jailed for more than a year, is going on trial
    Friday in Havana to face the charge that he violated the "integrity and
    independence of Cuba."

    Cuban authorities accuse Gross of bringing communications equipment into
    the country to supply Cuban groups. He could face 20 years in
    if convicted.

    The trial is expected to last only a day or two and is closed to the media.

    Gross was working for a private firm, Development Alternatives
    International, contracted by the U.S. Agency for International
    Development (USAID).

    The firm says Gross was working on a project to bring
    communication equipment to members of Cuba's small Jewish community, and
    denies he was working with dissidents. The company has since ceased its
    activities in Cuba.