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US Judge Awards $90 Million to Families of Two Men Executed in Cuba

A U.S. federal judge has awarded more than $90 million in Cuban assets to the families of two men executed in Cuba in 1961 after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion attempt.

The ruling Friday in the northeastern state of New York ordered a bank holding frozen Cuban assets to pay sums to the families of Howard Anderson and Thomas Ray, both Americans. Anderson was arrested and executed in Cuba for counter-revolutionary activities, while Ray's CIA plane was shot down over Cuba.

Both men were executed by the Cuban government.

The families of the men sued Cuba under a U.S. federal law allowing citizens to bring lawsuits against foreign governments in cases of terrorism.

The Bay of Pigs invasion was a CIA-backed attempt by Cuban exiles to overthrow Fidel Castro.