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Potomac Resident Jailed in Cuba Prison For Three Years

Judy Gross continues to fight for her husband Alan’s release and has sued the U.S. government for failing to protect him.

 

It’s been three years since 63-year-old Potomac resident Alan Gross was arrested and jailed in a Cuban prison, but his wife, Judy, hasn’t given up the fight.

A day before the third anniversary of Gross’ arrest, religious and political leaders joined Judy to protest her husband’s imprisonment outside the Cuban diplomatic mission, according to a WUSA9 report. Gross was sentenced to 15 years after a Cuban court convicted him of working for U.S. government intelligence. Gross and his supporters maintain he was in Cuba working as a U.S. contractor to bring cell phones and computers to the country.

Judy Gross has advocated for her husband since his arrest and now fears for his health, according to the report.

“According to Judy Gross, her husband has developed a growth on his right shoulder and has lost more than 100 pounds in prison, the result, she fears, of some type of cancer,” WUSA9 reported. Judy Gross is calling for her husband’s release on humanitarian grounds and continues to petition the U.S. government to intervene. 

The Cuban government says the growth is not cancerous, according to a recent Reuters report, though Judy Gross and the U.S. government want to send a doctor of their own to investigate. Meanwhile, Judy Gross and her family's lawyer are suing the federal government for more than $60 million, according to a Jerusalem Post report, alleging the government and the company employing Gross didn't adequately prepare or protect him for his contract.

Maryland leaders and the White House have called for Gross’s release periodically over the last three years, thus far to no avail.

Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen spoke publically on the floors of the Senate and House last December. Van Hollen and the White House appealed for his release during trial and sentencing, as well.

Citizen December 06, 2012 at 02:39 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Phillip_Gross
Citizen December 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
http://facebook.com/pages/Free-Alan-Gross-Cubas-Jewish-American-Hostage/209640285728868
Joe Galvagna December 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
What was the dumb A_ _ doing in Cuba any way? If he is so stupid to go there leave him there.
jnrentz1 December 08, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I wonder why so many Americans are interested in the affairs and citizens of other countries. Mr. Gross went to Cuba, and ran afoul of their laws. I fail to understand what duty the US Government owed him. For those of you who wish to help others, there is a section of America that is full of destitute people who need help. That area is Appalachia. You do not need a passport, language skills or special permission to go there, and your help will be appreciated.
Becky December 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM
He was there doing humanitarian work with Development Alternatives as part of a program funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Fortunately, there are a lot of very brave Americans who don't share Joe Galvagna's attitude and do incredibly important development work in dangerous places all over the world. They deserve our admiration and support, as the work they do not only improves the lives of less fortunate people around the world, but also promotes American foreign policy goals.
jnrentz1 December 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Becky: Thank you for your civil response. I believe that well minded Americans should do their charity work here in America.
Joe Galvagna December 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Wake up Becky there is enough people right here in the US that need humanitarian help. They people that go to these other countries are just looking for some notority especially like Cuba DA. These are just bleading hear liberals. Lets help our own people first that is the most important job we have now. Especially with our administration tearing down oue way of life as we have enjoyed it for over hundreades of years. If people go to countries like Cuba and get in to trouble they are on their own our goverment owes them nothing it is the same as US citizines that go to other countries to fight in wars over there they knowling desert their country. Wyh would you want to support any other country but the US we live in the best country in the world help to make it better.
Joe Galvagna December 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Wake up Becky there is enough people right here in the US that need humanitarian help. The people that go to these other countries are just looking for some notoriety especially like Cuba DA. These are just bleeding hear liberals. Lets help our own people first that is the most important job we have now. Especially with our administration tearing down our way of life as we have enjoyed it for over hundreds of years. If people go to countries like Cuba and get in to trouble they are on their own our government owes them nothing it is the same as US citizens that go to other countries to fight in wars over there they knowing desert their country. Why would you want to support any other country but the US we live in the best country in the world help to make it better.
Tris Smythe December 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Let's use Development Alternatives to aid Ward 8 residents in DC and maybe then move onto Detroit and other dying US cities. Our tax dollars at work......

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