A Cuban court last weekend found U.S. aid contractor, Alan Gross, guilty of crimes against the state, after prosecutors presented evidence that he was involved in a "subversive project" to "defeat the revolution," the Cuban regime said on Saturday.
Gross was arrested in Cuba on Dec. 3, 2009, while working as a contractor, distributing internet and satellite communications equipment to Jewish communities in the capital city Havana, the BBC reported.
The Cuban regime charged him with setting up “clandestine networks of information communications outside the control of Cuban authorities to feed counter-revolutionary provocations,” according to a Cuban statement reported by Reuters.
Gross was prosecuted for “acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the state,” the statement continued. Prosecutors have asked the court for a 20-year sentence, which will be decided at an upcoming court ruling.
Gross’ wife, according to the BBC, was allowed to visit her husband once and said that he lost 90 lbs. since he was imprisoned, and now suffers from gout, ulcers, and arthritis.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Washington on Friday that the U.S. was "deeply concerned" about the case and called for Gross’ release.
"He's been unjustly jailed for far too long," she said.