Appeals Court Rules Against Imprisoned American

Posted at 3:30 PM, Nov 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-14 15:30:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled against a government subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba who is seeking to sue the U.S. government for the destruction of his business.

Alan Gross was detained in December 2009 while setting up Internet access as a subcontractor for the U.S. government's Agency for International Development.

In a 3-0 decision Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the government is immune from any claim arising in a foreign country. It affirmed a lower court judge's dismissal of the case.

Gross says the government is cloaking itself in immunity after sending him into a situation it knew would be dangerous.

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11/14/2014 3:25:33 PM (GMT -5:00)