The People’s Supreme Court of Cuba will issue its ruling on the case in the next few days, The Miami Herald reports.
The 61-year-old Gross has been detained since 2009 when he was accused of illegally distributing communications equipment while working on a U.S. Agency for International Development program to promote democracy in Cuba. His arrest cast doubts on USAID and other government programs to promote democracy in Cuba, funded with about $20 million annually. Lawmakers argue that such programs are wasteful and ineffective.
U.S. officials have repeatedly demanded Gross’s release, saying that U.S.-Cuba relations will not significantly improve until he returns home.