Alan Gross Suicidal in Cuba, says Wife, Lawyer

Alan Gross (c) with his lawyer and wife at his Havana prison.

HAVANA TIMES — The wife and lawyer for Alan Gross said today they fear the former US AID sub- contractor (agent) in Cuba plans to take a “drastic” measure and put an “end to his life” after nearly five years confinement on the island.

“I’m extremely worried that Alan will do something drastic now that his mother is dead,” said Judy Gross said in a statement after visiting her husband in prison in Havana.

Gross is serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba. His mother died last week due to cancer. The family publicly lamented that the woman could not see her son before she died and asked in vain that Gross be granted permission to attend her funeral.

Gross, 65, was arrested in December 2009 after trying to bring into Cuba sophisticated telecommunications equipment prohibited on the island. He was later tried and sentenced to prison for crimes against national security.

Havana accuses him carrying out plans of USAID to support the illegal opposition of the island. The United States denies that end, saying he was only doing humanitarian work and calls for his release.

“I’m extremely worried that Alan is increasingly desperate,” one of his lawyers, Scott Gilbert, said in a statement today. “Both governments (of Cuba and the United States) should know that Alan plans to end his life as a way to end this agony,” he said.

Gross began in April on a hunger strike to demand an agreement between Washington and Havana to bring about his release. He ending the strike after his mother pleaded with him to do so.

Judy Gross once again asked President Barack Obama to do everything possible to secure Alan’s release.

“If we can redeem five members of the Taliban to bring home an American soldier, I’m sure we can find a way to bring home an American citizen in a Cuban prison,” she said.

The government of Raul Castro has repeatedly offered the White House negotiations for a possible swap of Gross for three spies imprisoned island in the United States since 1998, similar to what Washington recently carried out with the Afghan Taliban.

The Obama administration thus far refuses to link the two cases.

24 thoughts on “Alan Gross Suicidal in Cuba, says Wife, Lawyer

  • BNP Paribas had a choice. Do business with Sudan, Iran and Cuba or do business with the US. They tried to do both and now they will pay the penalty for making a bad decision. How Americans choose to conduct our foreign policy with another country is the business of Americans. Hence, BI-lateral. The involvement of others in that policy is a choice. America was thrilled to get out of our highly-competitive Group F. Our goalie played world-class. Soccer is like sport #5 or #6 priority for Americans. Besides, we shouldn’t win everything all the time. Haters like you would really lose your mind.

  • Don’t be disingenuous, Mosses. There isn’t bilateral
    business when there is a Global Super Power involved, ask some execs. from BNP
    Paribas bank. I pads; I heard that Samsung manufacture a decent placebo. Breaking
    bad is a tough act to follow, but Italy kept producing excellent art long after
    the Roman Empire went down. Good luck next world cup.

  • Yes, Mrs. Gross is emotional and desperate. US policy should not be based on either of these motivations. International support of US policy is necessary in some cases, helpful most of the time but when it comes to bilateral relations with Cuba, what the French or the Namibians think is irrelevant. They will continue to buy iPads and watch “Breaking Bad” despite their disagreement with US/Cuban policy. Finally, as a Christian, I am hardly “casual” about the death of an American or any human being for that matter. I am a realist however. Succumbing to tyranny is not a requirement to my Christian faith.

  • Not true. Check out this CNN poll from earlier this year. Just Google “CNN poll Castro”. Castro is the most living disliked world leader and second to Hitler for all time.

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