Cuban agent returns to US after seeing brother

Last Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 08:21

Havana: A Cuban agent on parole who a US judge allowed to return home for two weeks to see his gravely ill brother has gone back to the United States as required, the Cuban government said on Friday.

It said Rene Gonzalez, 55, had spent time with his family, and particularly brother Roberto, who has lung cancer.

Havana: A Cuban agent on parole who a US judge allowed to return home for two weeks to see his gravely ill brother has gone back to the United States as required, the Cuban government said on Friday.

It said Rene Gonzalez, 55, had spent time with his family, and particularly brother Roberto, who has lung cancer.

In Cuba, the five men are known as the "Five Heroes" and lauded by the government, which says they were wrongly convicted.

It says the agents were just collecting information on Cuban exile groups planning actions against the island 90 miles from Key West, Florida.

"The Cuban people will not waver in the endeavour that Rene and his four brothers return definitively to the homeland, with the firm certainty they will return," the government said.

So far, Cuba has refused the request by Gross, who is in the third year of a 15-year sentence for illegally setting up Internet networks under a US-funded program the Cuban government views as subversive.

It has hinted at the possibility of swapping Gross, 62, for the four agents still in US jails, but the Obama administration has rejected the idea.

Gross` wife, Judy, had hoped her husband could come home in time for his mother`s 90th birthday on Sunday. Their daughter also is suffering from breast cancer.

"I certainly empathise with his (Gonzalez`s) family`s suffering," Judy Gross said in a recent statement. "I pray that President Raul Castro will find it in his heart to reciprocate the US gesture and give us a positive answer."

The Gross case has stalled modest progress in US-Cuba relations under US President Barack Obama.

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 08:21

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