By CURT ANDERSON | AP
A Miami judge has awarded more than $1 billion in damages to a Cuban-American who was involved in the 1967 capture and killing of revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Adrien said Friday he was sending a signal to the Cuban government. Such a large award may be impossible to collect but attorneys involved in the case insist they’ll try.
The award came in a lawsuit filed by Gustavo Villoldo, who blamed Guevara, Fidel Castro and others for his father’s 1959 suicide in Cuba. The family fled to the U.S.
The 76-year-old Villoldo later took part in the CIA’s Bay of Pigs invasion and was involved in catching Guevara in Bolivia.
Cuba’s current government refused to respond to the lawsuit and offered no defense.