Cuba condemned to pay $ 2.8 billion to former CIA agent
An older Gustavo Villoldo shows an album with photos of the capture of Ernesto Guevara.
A U.S. judge has ordered Cuba to pay 2.8 billion dollars in compensation to a Cuban exile for “persecution, torture, pain and suffering.” The beneficiary, Gustavo Villoldo took part in the capture and execution of Ernesto Guevara alias “el Ché”.
Miami-Dade County Court Judge Beatrice Butchko ruled August 19th that the “actions of the accused (Cuba)” caused the plaintiff “severe emotional pain and permanent suffering and economic damage.”
This is the hardest money judgment Cuba has received from a U.S. court.
The person benefited by the Judge´s decision is Gustavo Villoldo, a 72 year old Cuban who served as a CIA agent. Before joining the ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency, he participated in the Bay of Pigs in 1961, as part of the Air Force of the Brigade 2506. His task was to bomb the Cuban beach from the skies.
After the failed U.S. attempt, Villoldo joined the CIA to try to capture famous guerrilla Marxist “Che.”
Villoldo can be seen beside the corpse of the Argentinian (see photo), executed in Bolivia in 1967, after he was captured in the jungles of Bolivia.
Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia. The photo show Gustavo Villoldo (the agent of CIA) and Guevara´s dead body.
To collect such large amount of money will not be an easy task for the ex-CIA agent, especially since Castro’s regime has not seen that kind of cash since the Soviets left.
The Government of Cuba will not deposit the compensation voluntarily, but Villoldo’s lawyer maintains his hopes.
Villoldo´s lawyer is Andrew C. Hall. With experience collecting penalties in several lawsuits based in the United States against Libya, Sudan and Iraq, Hall is confident. The plan is to try to collect part of the sum from Cuba’s state-owned enterprises doing business abroad and from the frozen funds of the Cuban government.