HAVANA TIMES — Alan Gross is scheduled to walk out his Cuban prison in 2024 and when he does he will have a nest egg waiting after his lawyers settled a lawsuit with his former employer Development Alternatives Inc., a USAID contractor.
The suit, claiming that DAI had not informed Gross, 64, as to the risks involved in carrying out his illegal activities in Cuba, asked for $60 million in damages.
Nonetheless, the report of the settlement did not mention the amount awarded the imprisoned agent and neither side admitted any wrong doing.
Gross and his wife had filed the lawsuit last November against both DAI, based in Bethesda, Maryland and the US government’s agency USAID.
“Gross was working for DAI under a contract with USAID, which does work to promote peaceful democratic change on the island. Cuba considers USAID’s programs illegal attempts by the U.S. to undermine the communist government, and court documents show Gross took steps to avoid detection and believed he was engaged in “very risky business.”
“A Cuban court subsequently convicted Gross of crimes against the state and sentenced him to 15 years in prison,” reported AP.
Efforts to get Gross released have thus far failed. Cuba has expressed interest in a swap for four Cuban agents imprisoned in the US for the last 13 years, but Washington has thus far refused any negotiation demanding that their agent be unilaterally released.