$86.5 million awarded in Bay of Pigs death

Nov. 19, 2004 at 11:32 AM
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MIAMI, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A jury has ruled for a south Florida woman in a suit against Cuban President Fidel Castro for the desecration of the body of her father, a CIA pilot.

The federal court jury awarded Janet Ray Weininger of Palmetto Bay $86.5 million, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

Weininger was six when her father, Pete Ray, was executed after his plane was shot down in the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba April 13, 1963.

Ray's body was frozen and put on display in a Havana morgue for 18 years before it was shipped back to his family.

During that period the remains were spit on, kicked and otherwise desecrated during public events in Havana, the suit charged.

Castro, his brother Raul Castro and the Cuban government were sued under a 1996 law that allows U.S. victims of terrorist states to sue for damages.

The award would be paid from would be paid from confiscated Cuban assets in U.S. banks, but so far the results of efforts to collect from previous suits have been mixed.

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