MIAMI, April 21, 1961 (UPI) -- Radio Havana today claimed the capture of 400 rebels, including Jose Miro Torra, son of the top Cuban exile leader in the United States. The radio broadcast denounced the captured invaders as "mercenaries" but noted only moments later that some were young men from aristocratic and wealthy Cuban families.
Miro Torra's father, Jose Miro Cardona, is president of the Cuban Revolutionary Council and probably would head a new Cuban government should the rebels succeed in overthrowing Fidel Castro.
Miro Cardona was the first premier of Cuba after Castro overthrew the regime of Dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan.1, 1959. He served six weeks but subsequently split with Castro.
The announcement of Miro Torra's arrest did not say where he was captured.
The announcer said Miro Cardona "did not have the valor to come and sent his son."
The broadcast said three sons of Cuban industrialist Maderero Babun also were captured.
Babun is in Miami and it was reported earlier this week he had bought a surplus U.S. Navy submarine chaser-stripped of armaments-and donated it to the rebels to carry men and munitions to Cuba.
The ship still is in Miami. Its sailing was reported delayed by engine trouble.
Radio Havana said the captured men had left the United States and trained at the "Retallumeu Camp" in Guatemala before embarking for Cuba.