US court orders Iran to compensate terror victims

Court awards family of man killed in 2003 J'lem bombing, family injured in 1995 Gaza bombing, both carried out by Iran-backed terror groups.

311_gavel (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
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.
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.
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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 rulings.