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US man imprisoned in Cuba suing employer, US gov

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Alan Gross (left) in July 2009 and Gross in May 2012 (right) Alan Gross (left) in July 2009 and Gross in May 2012 (right)
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The family of an American man imprisoned in Cuba for nearly three years is suing his former Maryland employer and the United States government, saying they didn't adequately train him or disclose the risks he was undertaking by doing development work on the Communist island.

Alan Gross and his wife Judy sued Friday in federal court in Washington.

Gross was arrested in December 2009 while on his fifth trip to Cuba as a subcontractor for an economic development organization based in Bethesda, Md. The company, Development Alternatives, Inc., was doing work under a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Gross has said he was working to provide internet service to Cuba's Jewish community.

His wife had previously said her husband feels he was misled by Development Alternatives.


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