Cuba Politics

Alan Gross, prisoner in Cuba update

Posted March 15, 2012 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

Miami Herald is reporting that Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has asked Pope Benedict XVI to intercede in the case of Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor who’s been imprisoned in Cuba for more than two years. 

Nelson wrote the pope in advance of the papal visit to Cuba set for March 26 to 28.. The pope is scheduled to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, and Nelson asked the Pope to intercede with the Cuban government.

“These are especially challenging political and economic times; and, it is my hope that you might be able to bring about a compassionate resolution in this case,” Nelson wrote. is reporting that Alan Gross himself has written a letter to the Cuban president to ask permission to travel to see his mother, who has inoperable lung cancer.

Alan Gross has asked President Raul Castro to let him travel to the U.S. for two weeks to visit with his 89-year-old mother Evelyn Gross.

In the letter, Peter J. Kahn, U.S. counsel to Gross, says Evelyn Gross’s “final wish is to be able to see her son once more before her battle with cancer is lost.”

According to Kahn, Rene Gonzalez, one of the so-called “Cuban Five” made a similar request. He is serving his probation in Florida His brother is dying of cancer in Cuba.

Member Comments

On March 16, 2012, publisher wrote:

Very interesting development

Alan Gross AND Cuban Five parolee ask for two week visits out of Country to visit sick relatives.

IF these visits are granted, does either country really expect the other to return the visitor?

This could be a “prisoner swap” on a humanitarian level that is a win/win/win.

Win for Raul.

Win for Obama.

Win for the Pope.

PLEASE let it happen.

I completely support this AND whatever either country feels obligated to do in the future.

On March 20, 2012, publisher wrote:

Hmmm. Related???

Rene Gonzalez has been allowed by the court to travel to Cuba for a span of two weeks to visit his brother who is in the terminal stages of lung and brain cancer.