ADL Calls on Cuban Government to Release American Subcontractor

New York, NY, March 13, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly criticized the conviction and sentencing of Alan Gross to 15 years in prison by a Cuban court and called on the Cuban government to release him on humanitarian grounds.

Mr. Gross, an American subcontractor on a U.S. Agency for International Development program and an active member of the Jewish community in Maryland, was found guilty of "subversion."  Mr. Gross denied all charges against him.

"Alan Gross has been held in a Cuban jail long enough," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "His family reports that after 15 months in Cuban custody, Mr. Gross' health has seriously deteriorated.  We call on the Cuban Government to release Mr. Gross immediately on humanitarian grounds and as a gesture of good will to the American people."

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