US families win $338 million lawsuit against Syria

By JTA
December 20, 2012 19:12

WASHINGTON – Two families who were in Turkey seeking the remains of Noah’s Ark when they were taken hostage for 21 days were awarded $338 million in their lawsuit against the government of Syria.

Chief United States District Court Judge Royce Lamberth for Washington D.C. ruled that the government of Syria was responsible for providing the necessary materials and resources to the PKK - Kurdish Workers Party, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, according to a Tel-Aviv based law center, which represented the two families.

The judge ruled that Syria was “vicariously liable for the PKK’s 1991 kidnapping” of the American biblical archeologists.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of the Shurat HaDin Law Center in Tel Aviv, called the ruling "groundbreaking" and noted it “points to an underlying fact: the free world will no longer stand idle while international crimes are committed and it will fight against those rogue regimes which support these heinous acts.”


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