US Senate Leaders Lobby for Alan GrossDecember 5, 2012 | | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — Conservative members of the US Senate on Tuesday demanded Cuba “immediately” and “unconditionally” release US operative Alan Gross, who was tried, convicted and is now serving his sentence in Cuba, reported Fox News.
At a press conference at the US Capitol, Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Jerry Moran (accompanied by Gross’s wife) insisted that Gross was performing “humanitarian work” and should not have been arrested when he was smuggling illegal and sophisticated communications equipment onto the island.
A vote scheduled for yesterday in the Senate would have approved a bipartisan resolution on the Gross case; however, the upper house session closed without submitting the resolution for “unanimous consent,” although it is likely that they will vote on it sometime this week.
Last week the Cuban government presented US authorities with medical reports showing that the prisoner does not suffer from cancer, as had been speculated by the family and international news agencies.