American Contractor Found Guilty in Cuba

A Cuban cloister on Saturday begin U.S. architect Alan Gross accusable of crimes adjoin the accompaniment and bedevilled him to 15 years in prison, a adjudication that brought a abrupt and acerb worded accusation from Washington.The cloister said prosecutors had accepted that Gross, 61, was alive on a "subversive" affairs paid for by the United States that aimed to accompany bottomward Cuba's advocate system. Prosecutors had approved a 20-year bastille term.Gloria Berbena, a backer for the U.S. adept mission on the island, termed the accommodation "appalling" and alleged on Cuba to absolution Gross immediately.We adios and abhor this ruling," she told The Associated Press. "It is alarming that the Cuban government seeks to criminalize what best of the apple deems normal, in this case admission to advice and technology.Tommy Vietor, a agent for the White House's National Security Council, said the cardinal "adds addition abuse to Alan Gross's ordeal.He has already spent too abounding canicule in apprehension and should not absorb one more," he said. "We appetite the actual absolution of Mr. Gross so that he can acknowledgment home to his wife and family.Gross was arrested in December 2009 while on a USAID-backed democracy-building project.