Cuban Americans

$94.6 Million awarded to Cuban American family for 1976 death

Posted May 11, 2008 by publisher in Cuban Americans.

The family of a former senior Havana police official who claimed that Cuban government officials had him killed received a major damage settlement in a Miami court.

Circuit Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. awarded $94.6 million in damages to relatives of Aldo Vera Sr. who was a founding member of an anti-Fidel Castro group; he died in Puerto Rico in 1976.

In accordance with a U.S. law passed in 1966, victims of terrorist groups or countries like Cuba that are designated as state sponsors of terrorism to sue for damages. Families who have successfully sued Cuba try to recover awards from Cuban assets frozen in U.S. bank accounts.

Last month, a jury awarded nearly $253 million to the children of Rafael del Pino Siero—a former friend of Castro who died in jail.

Member Comments

On May 11, 2008, publisher wrote:

More craziness out of Miami.

Of course we are sad to learn about these hardships but, as usual, stories like this are full of words that make me wonder…

Do Cuban Americans benefit by having Cuba continually listed as a State sponsor of terrorism? Seems like yes to me.

How does a dead man claim that the Cuban government killed him?

Since this murder apparently happened in Puerto Rico, how come the murder(s) name(s) was not mentioned?

Why did it take 22 years to get this settlement if the law was approved in 1966?

Where does this money come from?

So, I have to lay some shame on the journalist who wrote this article.

This is not a news story. This is more Cuban Americans gaming the US Justice system.

Am I wrong?

Again. I am sorry for the family’s loss but $94 million today for a death in 1976? Nice payday.

Please provide more info if you find it and prove me ignorant and wrong.

On May 11, 2008, Curt wrote:

They should have awarded that money to the man who killed that despicable man, Aldo Sera. Fortunately his family will probably never see that money.

On May 12, 2008, manfredz wrote:

wonder if the US would respect court decisions in Cuba or Nicaragua, or Chile or numerous other countries where US agents are responsible for deaths, and pay up .... yeah right.
Opps forgot, its do as I say, not do as I do…..