Iran ordered to pay £6000000000 to 9/11 families

Blanche Robertson
May 3, 2018

A NY federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Iran must pay billions of dollars to the families of those killed on 9/11, according to ABC News.

The order, issued by Judge George B. Daniels, finds the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran responsible for the deaths of thousands of American citizens.

The directives came from a federal judge in NY who ordered the Muslim majority state to pay more than $6bn as compensation to parents, spouses, siblings and children of more than 1,000 9/11 victims.

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The lawsuit was launched in 2004 but it wasn't until two years ago that the case could proceed when the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was passed by Congress.

Attorney Robert Haefele, who is representing the people who launched the lawsuit, said in a statement: "In December 2011, a NY federal court held a hearing and found that the evidence presented established that Iran's provision of material support to al-Qaeda was a cause of the 9/11 attacks and the resulting damage, injuries, and deaths".

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But the main alleged state actor that the plaintiffs are aiming at is the country most of the terrorists came from, and where al-Qaeda got its start - Saudi Arabia.

Plaintiffs allege that Saudi Arabia provided material support to the 19 hijackers who crashed commercial airliners into the World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon in Washington.

Iran's involvement in the attacks has been a source of contention. Last month, Daniels rejected a bid by Riyadh to have that lawsuit tossed out.

In 2016, Iran was ordered to pay more than $10 billion to victims and insurance companies after it did not respond to allegations that it helped the attackers. Another default judgment was issued against Iran in December 2011. But the 9/11 commision, whose goal was to review the circumstances around the attacks, found no evidence of direct Iranian involvement.

Iran has not commented on the cases.

Similar lawsuits have also been brought against Saudi Arabia.

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