ADL Reiterates Call On Cuba To Release American Subcontractor

New York, NY, August 5, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed disappointment that Cuba's Supreme Court upheld a 15-year sentence for Alan Gross, and reiterated its call 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 arrested in late 2009 and found guilty of "subversion."  Mr. Gross has denied all charges against him.  His family reports that his health has severely deteriorated during his incarceration.  

"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," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "We further urge international leaders who maintain diplomatic relations with Cuba to encourage President Raul Castro to release him."

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