HAVANA TIMES, March 9 – The family of American Alan Gross, who is serving a sentence of 15 years in prison in Cuba, has appealed to Pope Benedict XVI to intercede for his release, reported Thursday Cubaencuentro.
According to the note, Gross’s lawyer, Peter Kahn said that the prisoner’s of had made ??this request to the Pope through various intermediaries.
Alan Gross, 62, was arrested in December 2009 and convicted of “acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state” as a result of smuggling into the island illegally sophisticated telecommunications equipment.
Pope Benedict XVI will be in Cuba from March 26-28.