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Cuba: Alan Has Received Perks


Published June 03, 2012.

The daughter of Cuban head of state said that jailed

American Alan Gross "has been granted everything that he's asked for."

In an interview on CNN to be aired Monday, June 4, Mariela Castro told

host Christiane Amanpour: "Alan Gross has been granted everything that

he's asked for: he has been able to see his wife, he has been able to

have matrimonial, conjugal visits, and he has been treated with respect

and dignity the way we always treat prisoners in Cuba. We haven't

received the same treatment on the other hand for our five prisoners who

have very long sentences that are not right. I think that the six must

be released—both the five Cubans and Alan Gross."

Castro is referring to what are known as The Cuban Five, a group of

intelligence officers being held in the U.S. for espionage. She said her

husband's request was similar to that of Rene Gonzalez, whose brother is

dying of cancer in Cuba.

Gross was in 2009 and sentenced last year to 15 years on

charges related to his distribution of communications equipment to the

island's small Jewish community, working as a contractor for the U.S.

Agency on International Development.

He has appealed for humanitarian leave of two weeks to visit his

90-year-old mother, who has inoperable lung cancer. A U.S. judge allowed

Gonzalez, on parole after serving time for espionage, to return to Cuba

for two weeks to visit his dying brother.

Gross' daughter also has undergone cancer treatment since his arrest.

Castro told Amanpour that the release of both the Cuban Five and Gross

would be the "happiest solution."

A number of analysts have said that the Cuban government is detaining

Gross in order to trade him for the Cuban Five.

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