Court Dismisses Former Cuban General's Suit Against Miami Stations
January 17, 2008 at 5:36 AM (PT)
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought in NOVEMBER by a CUBAN exile against UNIVISION Spanish Talk WAQI-A (RADIO MAMBI) and WQBA-A/MIAMI and several media figures alleging that his free speech rights had been violated.
Former Cuban Air Force General RAFAEL DEL PINO sued 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.
Judge URSULA UNGARO rejected the suit WEDNESDAY; UNGARO had already ruled that FLORES should be dropped as a defendant on DECEMBER 28, prompting DEL PINO to announce that he would drop the suit, although the defendants are moving to have the court compel DEL PINO to pay their legal costs.