Cuba Gives Alan Gross Family His Medical Exams, Attorney Says Reply

Source:  EFE

The Cuban government released Saturday the results of medical exams for U.S.  contractor Alan Gross, jailed in Cuba since 2009, to his family after an  unfortunate delay, the prisoner’s attorney in the United States said.

In a communique, attorney Peter Kahn expressed gratitude that the Cuban  government finally decided on Saturday to release Gross’s medical record and the  results of his medical exams.

Kahn said it was unfortunate that the simple process took more than a month  despite repeated requests, but he avoided commenting on the medical documents  themselves until Gross’s doctors in the United States have a chance to study and  analyze them.

The Gross family send a letter this week to the Cuban Interests Section in  Washington to request the 63-year-old American’s medical test results, a demand  repeated by the U.S. State Department on Thursday.

In a communique, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that Gross’s  health had deteriorated to the point that “he is no longer able to walk in his  cell,” while Kahn added that the prisoner has lost more than 45 kilograms since  his arrest and has developed a large mass behind his right shoulder blade.

Cuba’s Foreign Ministry replied Friday that the state of Gross’s health is  “normal” and that his family has “systematically” received complete medical  reports on the contractor.

The prisoner’s attorney rejected that assertion on Saturday and said that no  results have been seen until now, and that the pictures of Gross published in  the media, which show him remarkably thinner, support his version of the  facts.

Kahn said that anyone who has seen the photos of Alan Gross will understand  why his family is so worried about his physical and mental well-being.

Gross was arrested in Havana on Dec. 3, 2009, in possession of satellite  communications equipment he said he was planning to distribute among Cuba’s  Jewish community.

Havana says he was illegally aiding dissidents and inciting subversion on the  Communist-ruled island. Last August, Cuba’s highest court upheld the 15-year  jail sentence imposed on Gross five months earlier.

Gross was in Cuba as an employee of a Maryland firm contracted by the U.S.  Agency for International Development.

The Gross case has been yet another source of tension between Cuba and the  United States, at odds for more than half a century.

Washington has repeatedly demanded the immediate and unconditional release of  the contractor and considers “unjust” the sentence imposed by the Cuban court.

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