MIAMI — A judge on Friday awarded more than $1 billion in damages against the Cuban government for the 1959 suicide of the father of a Cuban-American man who was involved in the CIA-backed capture and killing of revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Adrien said he wanted to send a signal to Cuba’s government with the huge damage award, which likely will prove difficult if not impossible to collect. But the attorney for Gustavo Villoldo, 76, and his younger brother, Alfredo, said his law firm would scour the globe for Cuban assets to satisfy the judgment.
“They finally get justice,” said lawyer Jeremy Alters. “We will use every bit of our resources to collect this.”
The award came in a lawsuit filed by Villoldo, who blamed Guevara, Fidel Castro and others for his father’s 1959 suicide in Cuba. The family fled to the U.S. and Villoldo later took part in the CIA’s Bay of Pigs invasion and was involved in catching Guevara in Bolivia. Continue reading