The wife of Alan Gross and a trio of senators urged Cuba to release him Tuesday, three years after the Maryland man was arrested while working as a U.S. government contractor.
Gross, a Potomac resident, was detained in December 2009 for distributing computer equipment. He was working under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and said he was trying to help Cuba’s small Jewish community gain Internet access. Cuba accused him of being part of a broader American effort to undermine the country’s government, and he received a 15-year prison sentence.
On Tuesday, the day after the third anniversary of his arrest, Judy Gross joined Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) in pushing for both the U.S. and Cuban governments to redouble their efforts to bring him home. Alan Gross has suffered from health problems in prison, and his supporters hope he might be released by Cuban President Raul Castro on humanitarian grounds.