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Cuba Says US Contractor Crimes 'Grave'

Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:12 AM

HAVANA — A US contractor arrested in December remains under investigation on charges committed "grave" crimes in support of "subversive" US policies, Cuba's foreign minister said.

Alan Gross, 60, "is being held for violating Cuban laws and committing grave offenses in our country at the service of the subversive policy of the government of the United States against Cuba," said Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

US officials say that Gross worked for a non-government organization contracted by the State Department to supply computer and communications material to civil society groups on the island.

Cuba believes he is a spy.

Gross "is currently under investigation, he has a guaranteed defense, has received permanent consular assistance and has had communication with his relatives," Rodriguez said.

Cuba however has not said if it has pressed formal charges against Gross.

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that as of June 2 US officials have been granted access to Gross five times.

Gross's case is being handled "in strict accordance with the Cuban penal code," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez spoke at a press conference along with visiting Vatican Foreign Minister Monsignor Dominique Mamberti.

Cuba insists that Gross is a spy who had sophisticated communications equipment for dissidents in the Americas' only one-party Communist regime.

The US company that employed the contractor, Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), has denied the espionage charges.

Gross was arrested December 5, reportedly while distributing cell phones, laptops and other communications equipment.

Washington has called for Gross' immediate and unconditional release.

The United States and Cuba have not had formal diplomatic ties since 1961, though Washington is represented by a US interest section in Havana.

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