Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    Vigil for Contractor Jailed in Cuba

    Vigil for Contractor Jailed in Cuba

    Interfaith group plans weekly protests.
    Monday, Nov 14, 2011 | Updated 8:58 PM EST

    A group representing hundreds of synagogues across the region is pushing
    for the release of a Potomac, Md., man jailed in Cuba.

    Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009.

    He was accused of promoting political dissent by taking illegal computer
    equipment into the country. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    Gross and his attorneys said he was only trying to take the internet to
    Cuba's Jewish community.

    Monday, an interfaith group held a vigil outside the Cuban Interests
    Section asking for Gross's release. The group plans to hold a vigil
    every Monday.

    "Alan has been a humanitarian and development worker for over 25 years,"
    said Clark Lobenstine, executive director of the IFC. "This cause is
    important to the interfaith community and all people of conscience. It
    is time for the Cuban leadership to let him come home."