A Federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that Cuba Must Pay $166M To Colombian Terrorist Victims for having provided the FARC with materials, training and resources – the same Cuban government that is hosting the so-called peace negotiations between the FARC and the Colombian government.
The Federal court’s was a default ruling but establishes precedent.
Capitol Hill Cubans has the story:
A Washington, D.C., federal court has granted a $166 million default judgment against the Cuban government for its support of Colombian rebels who captured, tortured and held for ransom for five years three U.S. contractors and killed another.
Federal Judge Amit P. Mehta awarded $44.7 million to each of three surviving contractors from a narcotics surveillance flight shot down in 2003 by the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, FARC for its Spanish acronym, in addition to $12 million in damages for the widow of a fourth contractor executed immediately after the crash, and $5 million for each of his four children under the State Sponsors of Terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
“The court has little trouble concluding that Cuba provided the FARC with the materials, training, and resources necessary to carry out these batteries — the aircraft sabotage and physical torture — and that it did so with intent to harm these plaintiffs. Cuba intentionally provided support to the FARC over a number of years and encouraged the FARC to use violence to promote its political agenda,” the decision states.
Cuba’s communist government provided funding, training, weapons and facilitated the drug trafficking efforts of the FARC for decades leading up to the downing of the counter-narcotics operation, and throughout the captivity of Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves and Thomas Howe, civilian contractors participating in the operation on behalf of the U.S. Embassy, according to the opinion.
Stansell, Gonsalves and Howe were released eight years ago. Back then, computers seized from the FARC showed that Nancy Pelosi had been indirectly contacting the FARC for a hostages-for-terrorists swap.