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    Cuba mulls pardon for U.S. contractor in spy saga

    Cuba mulls pardon for U.S. contractor in spy saga
    14:13, May 17, 2011

    In a high-profile spy saga between Washington and , Cuba's supreme
    court said Monday it is assessing the appeal of convicted U.S.
    contractor Alan , which could result in a pardon or release.

    Gross was found guilty in March of "spying and subversion" as well as
    "acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state."
    He is serving a 15-year sentence at a Havana .

    "There is a pending appeal and it is being considered to grant a pardon
    or release on humanitarian grounds, considering that his daughter and
    mother are very sick," said Supreme Court President Ruben Remigio Ferro.

    Ferro said the appeal "will be resolved in the shortest time possible."

    Gross was accused of providing satellite equipments to Cuban
    anti-government groups, a charge he denies.

    Washington, meanwhile, declared that Gross is just an employee of the
    "Alternative Development Company" which was helping a Cuban Jewish
    organization to improve communication with partners abroad. But Adela
    Dworin, a leader of the Cuban Jewish community, said she never met
    Gross. The "Alternative Development Company" has been listed by U.S.
    thinktanks as a private-owned company with a mission to "promote
    democracy abroad."

    After Gross' conviction, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter travelled to
    Cuba and visited him by the end of March. Carter asked Cuban authorities
    to release Gross, saying the man did not pose any "serious threat to the
    people and government of Cuba."

    Source: Xinhua

    http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90852/7382516.html