Judy Gross Urges Obama to Get Husband Released From Cuban Jail

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Judy Gross, wife of the US contractor serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba for subversion, urged President Barack Obama on Friday to give the case top priority and to take action to get her husband released by designating a special envoy.

"I urge President Obama to make my husband's case a top priority," she said at a press conference three days from the third anniversary of Alan Gross' arrest in Havana.

Now 63, Gross was detained 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.

"I cannot and will not allow my husband to die in a Cuban prison," Judy Gross said at the National Press Club in Washington.

"President Obama needs to send a high-level envoy to Cuba, who has the authority to discuss the range
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