White House urges Cuba to free jailed U.S. contractor

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:28 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Saturday called the 15 year sentence handed a U.S. contractor by a Cuban court "another injustice" and urged that he be immediately released.

"Today's sentencing adds another injustice to Alan Gross's ordeal. He has already spent too many days in detention and should not spend one more," White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement.

"We urge the immediate release of Mr. Gross so that he can return home to his wife and family," Vietor said.

(Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Vicki Allen)