Iran ordered to pay billions to families of victims of 9/11 terror attacks

The ruling will probably turn out to be largely symbolic, as Iran is very unlikely to ever pay the damages.

By Juliane Helmhold May 2, 2018 12:13 Jerusalem Post

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{Obama the Bastard could have settled some of these claims with all the cash he sent to the Mullahs, but I guess doing the right thing was just not part of his forte. – LS}

By court order, Iran is to pay billions of dollars to the families of the September 11 terror attacks, The Hill reported on Tuesday evening.

US District Judge George Daniels ruled that the Islamic Republic and other institutions must pay $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child and $4.25 million per sibling killed in the incident, according to the report.

The lawsuit was first filed in 2004 and was joined by families of the over 1,000 victims of the attack. It accused Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran for aiding the 2001 hijackers although the 9/11 Commission never found direct evidence for Iran’s involvement.

The lawsuit was only able to proceed in 2016, when Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, permitting the families of the victims to sue state actors for the terror attacks. Then-President Barack Obama had vetoed the law, arguing it could set a dangerous precedent but Congress overrode that veto.

According to the report, the ruling will probably turn out to be largely symbolic, as Iran is very unlikely to ever pay the damages, which in total amount to 6 billion dollars. There would be no feasible way to force the Islamic Republic, which never even responded to the lawsuit, to make the payment.

However, the lawsuit sets a significant precedent which could be used to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The Saudi government has previously denied providing aid to the hijackers, many of whom were Saudi nationals, and last month Riyadh filed a bid to toss the lawsuit. This bid, however, was rejected by Judge Daniels, leading to the successful ruling against Iran.

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3 Comments on “Iran ordered to pay billions to families of victims of 9/11 terror attacks”

  1. joopklepzeiker Says:

    LS i do not understand this, If you sue Iran as perpetrator how can you sue Saudi for the same ?


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