US court keeps alive lawsuit against Iran for Hizbullah assassination

A federal appeals court on Tuesday kept alive a wrongful death lawsuit against Iran over Hizbullah's assassination of the former chief of the country's armed forces 25 years ago. According to the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, the lower court applied the wrong law when it dismissed the claims of Gholam Oveissi's grandson, who sued Iran because it funded and directed Hizbullah's activities. Oveissi was a four-star general and chief of Iran's armed forces until early 1979, when revolutionaries deposed the Western-backed shah and established the Islamic republic. Oveissi fled to the United States, then to France, where he took up residence in Paris. His grandson, Amir Oveissi, was born in California but moved in with his grandfather in Paris when he was a few months old. Gholam Oveissi was an outspoken opponent of Iran's revolutionary government and was gunned down while walking on a crowded Paris street on Feb. 17, 1984. Hizbullah claimed responsibility, and Oveissi's family fled France and eventually settled in the US.