July 22, 2011
Ros-Lehtinen Says Alan Gross’ Appeal Is A Sham Because In Communist Cuba The Castro Brothers Serve As The Ultimate Arbiters Of Power & There Exists No Independent Judiciary
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today, Friday, after press reports indicated that the Cuban Supreme Court was considering Alan Gross’ appeal of his sentence and would hand down a decision in a few days.
“I marvel at how the Cuban regime spins its propaganda machine to make it look as if the Cuban Supreme Court would judiciously consider Alan Gross’ appeal. It will not because the ultimate arbiters of power who will decide his fate are the Castro brothers. In Cuba there exists no independent judiciary. All decisions are made with the goal of strengthening a 50 plus year tyranny.
Sadly, Mr. Gross is being used as a pawn by the Castro dictatorship. The outcome in this case has been carefully calibrated by the ruling clique to teach a stern lesson to others who dare circumvent the Castro censors.
Mr. Gross should be immediately and unconditionally released as he suffers various illnesses and has lost considerable weight. Only in totalitarian Cuba does one face lengthy prison terms for bringing communication equipment to a small Jewish community hungry for information.
The regime may decide to free Gross due to his delicate health but it will be a decision aimed at manipulating and extracting concessions from gullible foreign governments.”
Note: In March, Gross was sentenced to 15 years in Castro’s jails after being convicted of illegally bringing communications equipment to Cuba’s small Jewish population. For helping the Cuban people circumvent the Castro censors, this American citizen was thrown in jail and sentenced to a 15 year prison term.