MOSCOW, December 17 (Sputnik) – Cuba has released American citizen Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for five years, according to a senior US official, Associated Press (AP) reported.
According to the official, who insisted on anonymity, the Cuban government released Gross on humanitarian grounds at the request of the United States, AP said.
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“This morning, Alan Gross has departed Cuba on a US government plane bound for the United States. Mr. Gross was released on humanitarian grounds by the Cuban government at the request of the United States.” – a US official said in a statement, as quoted by USA Today.
65-year old Gross was arrested on espionage charges, while working as a subcontractor for the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
According to USA Today, Gross was trying to provide Internet services to Cuban residents, but the Cuban government accused Gross of being part of a US-led scenario to overthrow the current government using an Arab Spring scenario and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, ABC News said.
While in prison, Gross declined all visits by his family, US diplomats and medical staff at the military hospital since July. Gross was rendered immobile due to deteriorating health and threatened to go on a hunger strike until released.