It has been two years since an American man was in held prison in communist Cuba, and Cuban officials say Alan Gross conducted “undercover activities” and was part of a program aimed at “disrupting the constitutional order in Cuba.”
Former President Jimmy Carter met with a jailed American contractor Wednesday but said Cuban leaders had made it clear they do not plan to release him.
Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday he has met Cuban officials and discussed the case of a U.S. government contractor who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against state security, but said he is not in Cuba to bring the man home.
Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to make a visit to Cuba next week to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro. During his trip Carter will discuss economic policies and ways to improve relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
U.S. contractor Alan Gross was found guilty of crimes against the state by a Cuban court Saturday afternoon. He was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison by the court.
Florida senator Marco Rubio is condemning the possibility that a U.S. government subcontractor jailed in Havana for 14 months may be given a 20-year sentence.
U.S. diplomats are in Havana to discuss with their Cuban counterparts immigration and several other contentious issues including the detention of American contractor Alan Gross.