A Miami-Dade County Florida jury Friday awarded more than $250 million to the family of a Cuban-American who died in prison 30 years ago.
Rafael del Pino Siero, who was a U.S. citizen, had been a close friend of Fidel Castro but broke with him before the Cuban revolution.
Del Pino was arrested shortly after Castro came to power, after he landed a small plane on a highway to rescue a friend. He spent several years in prison, where he died.
The Miami jury said it wanted to send Cuba a message with its big award to Del Pino’s family that it has a responsibility for human rights, the Miami Herald reported.