Castro regime aiming to collect ransom
The Castro regime is looking to collect billions of dollars in ransom for American aid worker Alan Gross. The dictatorship has just declared that Gross will be tried for charges consisting of "acts against the integrity and independence of Cuba," and they will seek a 20-year sentence.
Cuba to seek 20-yr jail term for detained American
HAVANA -- Cuban state media say prosecutors will seek a 20-year jail term for detained American contractor Alan Gross for "acts against the integrity and independence" of Cuba.
The state-controlled website Cubadebate says that a trial date will be set shortly and that Gross's family and U.S. diplomats will be allowed to attend.
Gross has been in jail since December 2009 on suspicion of spying. The U.S. government and his family say he was distributing satellite telephones to the island's Jewish community. They have long called for him to be released, or at least brought to trial.
Friday's decision to seek such a long jail term seems certain to be a major blow to U.S.-Cuban relations, which had seemed to be improving only a few weeks ago.
The only thing that can save Gross from this criminal regime is either the exchange of the five convicted Cuban spies in U.S. prison (unlikely), or a few billion dollars from the U.S. in the form of relaxed sanctions (likely). Otherwise, the innocent Gross will end up dying in a Castro prison, the victim of a criminal regime.
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