Second of ‘Cuban Five’ expected to be released

A second of five Cuban spies whose release from prison is seen as critical to the freedom of Alan Gross will likely soon be in Cuba.

Fernando Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five convicted of spying offenses in 2001, will be transferred to immigration lockup at the end of February to await deportation, the Miami Herald reported. Gonzalez was sentenced to 19 years, but his sentence was reduced to 15 years.

Gross, 64, a subcontractor for the State Department on a mission to hook up Cuba’s small Jewish community to the Internet, was arrested in December 2009 as he was leaving Cuba. The Maryland resident is serving a 15-year sentence for “crimes against the state.”

Cuban authorities have made clear that his release could come in an exchange for the Cuban Five.
— JTA

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