More on the Alan Gross “verdict”

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Photo: AP -- First photo of Gross since December 2009

As we reported last night, it is now confirmed that the Castro regime’s corrupt “justice system” (for lack of a better term) has handed down a guilty verdict against Alan Gross, the American aid worker who has been held hostage by the Cuban dictatorship since December of 2009.

(Reuters) – U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, accused of illegally supplying Internet gear to Cuban dissidents, was found guilty on Saturday of crimes against the state, Cuban television reported, and faces a possible 20-year sentence in a case likely to worsen U.S.-Cuba relations.

All the news agencies are scrambling to analyze this latest development in a hostage crisis that has been ongoing now for more than a year. But you will most likely never see any of them examine or try to make sense of this simple and provocative aspect: It took the Castro dictatorship 456 days to bring Gross to trial, yet it only took them 2 days to find him guilty.

This reality is a blatant and obvious indictment of the Castro regime’s criminality and its lack of jurisprudence. This show trial was staged for international consumption and is an attempt to make the criminal act of kidnapping somehow look legal. The regime’s machinations aside, and regardless of what the regime’s agents here in the U.S. and the “Cuba Experts” espouse on the situation, this farcical legal proceeding only serves to illustrate the regime’s intention of securing some sort of payment in exchange for Gross. The Castro dictatorship will happily take a direct cash payment,  or a public relations victory that in the end will translate into cash.

The news media will continue to examine this case from a legal perspective that does not exist. The case of Alan Gross’ unjust imprisonment has nothing to do with the rule of law, especially when you consider there is no rule of law in Cuba. This is a hostage situation where an innocent man is being held by a criminal organization who is demanding payment in exchange for his release.

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