Friday, 25 February 2011

US mercenary Alan Gross given date

Trial of Alan Gross to be held on March 4th
Source: Granma, 25 February 2011.

As announced recently, all the evidence presented by the defense in its document of provisional conclusions was accepted by the court; and according to the legal procedures established, the Provincial Tribunal of People’s Power of Havana has scheduled the trial of U.S. citizen Phillip Alan Gross for March 4th.

As was recently reported, after an exhaustive process of investigation, the public prosecutor’s office had presented the preliminary file no 59/2009, in which United States citizen Phillip Alan Gross is accused of committing crime of: "Actions against the independence or territorial integrity of the State." In accordance with Article 91 of Cuba's Penal Code, the public prosecutor’s office has requested a sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

This information was forwarded by way of diplomatic channels to the United States Government, which was also notified that Mr. Gross’s consular representatives, his relatives and family attorneys may attend the trial.