Thousands of Filipino victims of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos' police forces are asking a federal judge to give them a 520-acre Colorado ranch they say Marcos secretly bought.
The request, made in a lawsuit filed in federal court, comes as the plaintiffs seek to collect $2 billion that a jury in Honolulu awarded them in 1995 after finding Marcos responsible for executions, disappearances and torture.
The lawsuit alleges the JL Ranch in El Paso County, which includes Colorado Springs, was purchased for Marcos in 1979 and is controlled by a corporation in the Netherlands Antilles. k There was no indication how much the ranch is worth.
No plaintiff has received any money as appeals have dragged out over the past decade.
Marcos was taken to Hawaii by the United States in 1986 after being deposed in a popular uprising. He died there in 1989.