Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    Cuba: Alan Gross Has Received Perks

    Cuba: Alan Gross Has Received Perks
    By JTA
    Published June 03, 2012.

    The daughter of Cuban head of state Raul Castro said that jailed
    American Alan Gross "has been granted everything that he's asked for."

    In an interview on CNN to be aired Monday, June 4, Mariela Castro told
    host Christiane Amanpour: "Alan Gross has been granted everything that
    he's asked for: he has been able to see his wife, he has been able to
    have matrimonial, conjugal visits, and he has been treated with respect
    and dignity the way we always treat prisoners in Cuba. We haven't
    received the same treatment on the other hand for our five prisoners who
    have very long sentences that are not right. I think that the six must
    be released—both the five Cubans and Alan Gross."

    Castro is referring to what are known as The Cuban Five, a group of
    intelligence officers being held in the U.S. for espionage. She said her
    husband's request was similar to that of Rene Gonzalez, whose brother is
    dying of cancer in Cuba.

    Gross was arrested in 2009 and sentenced last year to 15 years on
    charges related to his distribution of communications equipment to the
    island's small Jewish community, working as a contractor for the U.S.
    Agency on International Development.

    He has appealed for humanitarian leave of two weeks to visit his
    90-year-old mother, who has inoperable lung cancer. A U.S. judge allowed
    Gonzalez, on parole after serving time for espionage, to return to Cuba
    for two weeks to visit his dying brother.

    Gross' daughter also has undergone cancer treatment since his arrest.

    Castro told Amanpour that the release of both the Cuban Five and Gross
    would be the "happiest solution."

    A number of analysts have said that the Cuban government is detaining
    Gross in order to trade him for the Cuban Five.