Cuba's top court schedules appeal hearing for alleged U.S. spy

14:09, July 22, 2011      

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Cuba's Supreme Court scheduled an appeal hearing for Friday for convicted American Alan Gross, the final legal proceeding before the alleged spy could be pardoned or released.

The 61-year-old U.S. contractor was arrested in December 2009 and was found guilty in March of "spying and subversion" as well as "acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state." He is serving a 15-year sentence at a Havana prison.

But Supreme Court President Ruben Remigio Ferro said in May that "it is being considered to grant a pardon or release on humanitarian grounds," since both Gross' daughter and mother are very ill.

The U.S. government has always insisted Gross' innocence and pressed for his release, claiming that he was just working for an American firm engaged in helping Cuban Jewish groups communicate with the outside world.

Washington broke diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 after the triumph of the revolution led by Fidel Castro. But the two countries have representatives in each other's capital.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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