October 31, 2014
The wife and a lawyer for a U.S. government contractor charged with seeking to undermine the government of Cuba have arrived at a Havana court for the start of his trial.
The proceedings against 61-year-old Alan Gross are sure to have a profound impact on U.S.-Cuba relations, particularly if he is found guilty and sentenced to a long jail term for illegally bringing communications equipment into Cuba.
Prosecutors are requesting a 20-year jail term for the Maryland native.
Cuba hopes to use the case to focus attention on multimillion dollar U.S.-funded "democracy building" programs that Havana says seek to overthrow the government.
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