Today, the U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement in response to Alan Gross being released from a Cuban prison:
“For five years, Alan Gross and his family have endured pain and profound injustice amid his detainment in Cuba. Today, news of Alan’s release brings great relief to his loved ones and to every American who has called for his freedom. I admire Alan’s strength and that of his wife Judy, who has worked tirelessly for years to free Alan and reunite her family.”
Sen. Moran is the author of a December 2013 unanimously passed Senate resolution (S. Res. 609), which called on Cuba to immediately and unconditionally release Alan Gross.
Alan Gross was arrested on December 3, 2009, and after a two-day trial, was given a 15-year prison sentence by Cuban authorities for facilitating communications between Cuba’s Jewish community and the rest of the world. Mr. Gross was in Cuba working as a sub-contractor for the United States Agency for International Development, helping a small, peaceful, non-dissident community. He was doing the type of work he had done his whole career in international development – helping others in need.