Judy Gross (R), wife of US citizen Alan Gross, is pictured in Havana
HAVANA — A US contractor jailed in Cuba for distributing laptop computers has filed an appeal of his 15-year prison sentence, the head of the court said on Saturday.
Alan Gross, 61, was convicted last month of "acts against the independence or territorial integrity" of Cuba, in a case that strained already delicate relations between the United States and Cuba's communist government.
"An appeal has been presented. It has been placed at the disposal of judges who are dealing with the matter," said Ruben Remigo Ferro, chief justice of Cuba's Supreme Court.
Gross was arrested in December 2009 for allegedly delivering laptops and communications equipment to Cuba's small Jewish community, though the community's leaders have denied that.
The US State Department has called for the release of Gross, arguing that his prison sentence was an "injustice."
There's no deadline for the court to rule on an appeal.