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    Alan Gross’s lawyer – No serious U.S. engagement with Cuba on case

    Alan Gross’s lawyer: No serious U.S. engagement with Cuba on case
    Posted on December 22, 2013 by

    ( The lead attorney for Alan Gross said the recent freedom
    attained by Jacob Ostreicher, who was held for more than two years in
    Bolivia, does not shed any light on Gross’s case.

    Dec. 3 marked the fourth anniversary of the incarceration of Gross, who
    is serving a 15-year prison term for helping Cuba’s Jewish community
    access the Internet while he was a subcontractor for the United States
    Agency for International Development.

    “I think that each of these cases has its own set of facts, including
    the country that’s holding these people, and that really helps to
    determine what happens,” Gross’s attorney, Scott Gilbert of Gilbert LLP,
    told “The United States has a decades-long history of
    negotiating to obtain the release of Americans who’ve been held in
    foreign countries that we either have very good diplomatic relations
    with or very hostile relations with.”

    Gilbert said there has been “virtually no serious engagement with the
    Cuban government to attempt to negotiate Alan’s release” since his

    “The Cuban government, at the highest levels, has made very clear to us
    both privately and publicly that they would sit down with the United
    States with no preconditions to discuss the conditions of Alan’s release
    and try to negotiate a resolution, and the United States has yet to sit
    down and do that,” he said.

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