Monday, December 23, 2013

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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