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Case of American jailed in Cuba back in U.S. court

WASHINGTON — An attorney for a Maryland man who has spent over four years jailed in Cuba argued before a federal appeals court that his client should be allowed to sue the U.S. government over his imprisonment.

An attorney for Alan Gross, who was a government subcontractor when he was detained in Cuba in 2009, appeared Friday before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

A lower court judge dismissed Gross’ lawsuit against the government in 2013, but Gross’ lawyers appealed.

Gross was arrested while setting up Internet in Cuba as part of a project for the government’s U.S. Agency for International Development. Cuba considers USAID’s programs illegal attempts by the U.S. to undermine its government and Gross was given a 15-year prison sentence.