MIAMI, April 11 (Reuters) - Alan Gross, a U.S. government contractor jailed in Cuba, ended a week-long hunger strike on Friday while vowing to fast again if he is not released, according to a statement issued by representatives of his lawyer and family.
“My protest fast is suspended as of today, although there will be further protests to come,” Gross said in a statement dictated to his lawyer.
“There will be no cause for further intense protest when both governments show more concern for human beings and less malice and derision toward each other,” he added.
The statement said Gross decided to end the hunger strike at the urging of his mother who turns 92 next week.
Gross, 64, is serving a 15-year prison term for trying to start an illegal Internet service for Cuban Jews while working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. (Reporting by David Adams; Editing by James Dalgleish)