HAVANA - A little-known Cuban dissident who launched a hunger strike
seeking freedom for jailed US aid contractor Alan Gross said on Friday
he began eating again because Cuban officials told him Gross will be
Angel Enrique Fernandez, 45, said he was told Gross, serving a 15-year
sentence for illegally providing Internet equipment to Cubans, would be
freed within two months.
Gross' release would be good news for US-Cuba relations, which have been
frozen by the case, but Cuban officials were not available to verify
He and Vladimir Alejo Miranda, 48, crudely sewed their mouths almost
shut in late April, stopped eating and demanded freedom for Gross, 62,
who they said had been unjustly imprisoned. They also sought improved
human rights on the communist-run island.