Cuba released statement on arrest of Alan Gross

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 6 December 2011

This Statement was released by the Cuban Interest Section in Washington on Friday the 2nd of December.

Pablo Díaz


Permanent Mission of Cuba to United Nations

New York.

Considering the increased attention that the case of Alan Gross has had over the last few days, we are sharing with you views held by the Cuban side on the issue:

1.- Alan Gross is not in prison because he was assisting the Jews in Cuba to connect to the Internet. All synagogues in Cuba have access to the Internet; they have had it before Alan Gross visited Cuba.

2.- Alan Gross was tried in observance of all guarantees; he was tried because he violated Cuban laws while implementing a covert program financed by the U.S. government and aimed at disrupting the constitutional order in Cuba. During his visits to Cuba, Gross never told the persons he contacted that he was working for a U.S. government program.

3.- The undercover activities conducted by Alan Gross in Cuba constitute crimes in many countries of the world, including in the United States.

4.- The Cuban government has conveyed to the U.S. government its willingness to find a humanitarian solution to the Gross case on reciprocal basis.

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