HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's vice foreign minister says American Alan Gross is not among nearly 3,000 prisoners granted amnesty.
Josefina Vidal tells The Associated Press that "Alan Gross is not on the list."
President Raul Castro announced on Friday that his country would pardon 2,900 prisoners, including some convicted of political crimes. Castro cited an upcoming visit by Pope Benedict XVI among the reasons for the amnesty, saying the humanitarian act showed Cuba's strength. He said 86 foreign prisoners from 25 countries were on the list of those who would be freed, and that diplomats would be notified shortly.