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A US federal court on Thursday ordered Iran to pay $300 million in punitive damages for two suicide bombings it was accused of carrying out through terrorist groups it has supported, AP reported.
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One of the rulings awarded the family of Alan Beer, a US citizen who was killed in a 2003 Jerusalem bus bombing by the "Iran-back organization Hamas," AP said.
Another award was given to US citizen Seth Haim, his father and his brother who were injured in a 1995 bus bombing in Gaza by "the Iranian-supported Shaqaqi Faction of the Palestine Islamic Jihad," AP reported.
US District Judge Royce Lamberth said he ordered Iran to make the awards, which will unlikely happen, "in the interest of deterring future terrorist attacks."
In both of the cases highlighted, surviving victims sued Iran, and in
order to collect the awards ordered by Lamberth, lawyers must first find
Iranian assets in a country with judges willing to rule that those
assets be seized on behalf of the victims based on the US judge's