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Friday May 17, 2013

Alan Gross Settles Suit Against Employers in Cuba

Alan Gross Settles Suit Against Employers in Cuba

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Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor serving a 15-sentence in Cuba for subversion, has settled a lawsuit against the firm that hired him for a project on the Communist-ruled island, his lawyers said Friday.

The terms of the settlement, filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Washington, are confidential and subject to a non-disclosure agreement, a spokeswoman for the Scott Gilbert law firm said.

Alan Gross, 64, and wife Judith sued Development Alternatives Inc and the U.S. Agency for International Development for failing to inform him in advance about the risks of the Cuba mission and for refusing to pull him out after he expressed concerns.

USAID contracted Maryland-based DAI for a project to expand Internet access and the flow of information in Cuba.

DAI hired Gross to travel to the island, where he was detained in December 2009 with satellite communications equipment he was planning to distribute among Cuba’s Jewish community

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

The Gross family’s suit against USAID remains open.

The U.S. government and Gross’s family insist the contractor did nothing wrong and demand his immediate, unconditional release.

Cuba has suggested it would release Gross in exchange for the return of four Cuban intelligence agents convicted in the United States of espionage.