Havana, (Prensa Latina) The Department of Crimes against State Security of the People´s Supreme Court turned down the appeal of U.S. citizen Alan Phillip Gross on Friday, upholding his conviction and 15-year prison sentence.
The Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Provincial People´s Court of Havana in March, when Gross was sentenced for acts against the independence or integrity of the State.
The evidence presented in the trial showed that the defendant illegally introduced communications equipment into Cuba to create internal networks as part of a program by Washington to promote destabilizing actions and subvert Cuba´s internal order.
According to a press release from the Supreme Court, Gross and his attorney were given the opportunity to present their arguments directly to the judges overseeing the case during a hearing granted by the Supreme Court on July 22.
During the process, the defendant was given all guarantees and rights of due process stipulated by the Constitution, Cuban law, and related international instruments, the press release said.
Gross received the appropriate decent, humane treatment, as he himself has expressly, publicly recognized on a number of occasions.
As part of those guarantees and rights, he has been facilitated systematic contact with his relatives and regular access to services and attention by consular officials from the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.