A man in Cuba who served over three years in jail has filed a $12-million lawsuit against Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig, claiming the Cuban defector made false statements that led to his jail sentence and subsequent torture.
The complaint was filed in federal district court on behalf of Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot, who is seeking damagers for “prolonged arbitrary detention and torture.”
Daudinot’s lawyers, though, reportedly filed similar lawsuits in the past against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who is also from Cuba, on behalf of different plaintiffs.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Daudinot is in Cuba, but his lawyers “argue that the U.S. court has jurisdiction in this case under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991.”
The complaint alleges Puig and his mother were “informants” for the Cuban government and both testified in a 2010 trial in which Daudinot was, as the Times describes, “convicted of human trafficking – basically, of plotting Puig’s escape from Cuba.”
Daudinot was reportedly “imprisoned for 3 1/2 years and is to serve the remainder of his sentence under a ‘provisional liberty’ program,” and he is unable to return to his home country of the Dominican Republic.
Puig’s camp refused to comment on the lawsuit, which was first reported by Univision.