A Miami court has ordered Cuba to pay compensation to a self-confessed terrorist who organized and led an attack on Boca de Samá in eastern Cuba in 1971. Gustavo Villoldo is also a CIA mercenary who boasted of having captured Che Guevara. The ruling set compensation at $2.8 billion, a record in the long list of extravagant anti-Cuba rulings on the part of Miami courts.
Son of a 1950’s Cuban multimillionaire, Villoldo brought a lawsuit against Cuba for torture and expropriations, and losses allegedly suffered by his family after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.
A few years ago, Villoldo confessed to a Miami New Times reporter that, on CIA instructions, he directed the cowardly terrorist attack on Boca de Samá in October 1971, which killed two people and left four seriously injured, including young Nancy Pavón, who had to have a foot amputated.
Villoldo’s statement fully corroborated the direct responsibility of U.S. authorities in this act of terrorism perpetrated against Cuba.
That attack on a little fishing village near Guardalavaca beach is just one of a chain of terrorist operations claimed by Alpha 66 in the late 60s and early 70s, and, without any doubt, it is the most cowardly of them all.
In the interview with the Miami newspaper, Villoldo explained that he selected Boca de Samá as an easy target. And so the son of a Havana multimillionaire left Key Biscayne with his men in two speedboats and a 177-foot frigate. The operation lasted 65 minutes.
Villoldo is also an ex-Bay of Pigs mercenary who took part in the assassination of Che Guevara in October of 1967 and has confirmed that he organized the secret burial of the heroic guerrilla.
Villoldo and his brother Alfredo won another case in 2009, when Circuit Court Judge Peter Adrien determined that Cuba should compensate them to a total of $1.2 billion.
To cap it all, his Miami attorney, Andrew C. Hall hopes that the compensation will be paid via Cuban enterprises abroad.