A former Haitian mayor has been ordered by a US federal jury to pay more than $15.5m in response to a lawsuit alleging that he led a campaign of political persecution. Jean Morose Viliena was found liable for an array of allegations, including involvement in a killing, attempted murder and torture against political rivals. The lawsuit was brought by three men who said they and their families were targeted when Viliena was the mayor of the rural town of Les Irois more than a decade ago. The plaintiffs hailed the order as a “victory”. Viliena, who now lives in Massachusetts, has denied being directly responsible for the violence.