Former Cuban General Sues Radio Stations
November 9, 2007 at 6:46 AM (PT)
UNIVISION Spanish Talk WAQI-A (RADIO MAMBI) and WQBA-A/MIAMI are among the defendants in a lawsuit filed by a CUBAN exile alleging that his free speech rights have been violated. Former Cuban Air Force General RAFAEL DEL PINO is suing the BAY OF PIGS VETERANS ASSOCIATION (BRIGADE 2506), the group's president and secretary, the radio stations, WAQI host MARTHA FLORES, and Spanish independent WJAN-CA (AMERICA TEVE NETWORK)/MIAMI and its "A MANA LIMPA" host OSCAR HAZA and producer MIGUEL COSSIO, claiming that the defendants conspired to air demands by the veterans that DEL PINO and his family be executed for his writing newspaper articles calling for the U.S. to negotiate with CUBA.
The suit alleges that DEL PINO's articles in EL NUEVO HERALD led to the threats, including FLORES calling for a lynching and "A MANO LIMPIA" broadcasting his "mock trial." DEL PINO is seeking punitive damages for conspiracy, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and a protective injunction.