Tort Law

Woman Sues Fidel Castro in Dad's Death


It isn’t every day that a U.S. court has to figure out how to serve a complaint on Fidel Castro–not to mention his brother, Raul, the Republic of Cuba and the Cuban army.

So Justice Nancy Mills, who sits in Waldo County Superior Court in Maine, took a little time to figure out how to proceed with the wrongful death case. She sent a certified Spanish translation of the complaint by registered mail, but hasn’t yet received proof that it was delivered, reports the Bangor Daily News.

The case, filed by Sherry Sullivan, 52, contends that the defendants are responsible for her father’s death, at an unknown time. He and another man who apparently may have been flying over Cuba on a covert CIA mission, were shot down and imprisoned in 1963, in violation of international law, she contends. “I don’t have any actual proof that my father was executed, but I believe he was.”

Her suit was brought under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, which allows victims of alleged terrorist acts by certain countries to sue for damages. If it is successful, Sullivan hopes to collect from some $270 million in Cuban assets frozen by the U.S. government at the time of the revolution that put Castro in power.

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