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Judy Gross speaks about Alan Gross' detainment in Cuba

6:24 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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Washington, D.C. (CNN) - The wife of a State Department contractor being held in Cuba says Monday marks the three year anniversary of her husband's imprisonment.

Judy Gross spoke at a news conference at the National Press Club's Newsmaker Program in Washington, D.C.

"December 3rd, three days from now, marks the three year anniversary of Alan's wrongful imprisonment in Cuba. December 3rd, 2009 is when Alan was arrested in Cuba. He was then held in prison for 14 months without charges and then later convicted for undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cuba. December 3rd, 2009 was the day my family's world began to fall apart," said Gross. "As Alan's wife, I continue to fear that his life is in jeopardy. I plead with the Cuban government to allow his condition to be properly evaluated by an independent doctor of his choosing. I cannot and I will not allow my husband to die in a Cuban prison. I urge the government of Cuba to release Alan on humanitarian grounds."

Gross has said her husband's health is failing and his attorney says he may have cancer.

The Cuban government says that isn't the case.

Gross was convicted of taking banned communications equipment to the island and is serving a 15 year sentence.

CNN

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