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Not linked to 9/11, Iran has to pay billions: US judge

Press TV – May 2, 2018

A federal judge in New York has ordered Iran to pay $6 billion to the alleged families of 9/11 attacks even though a state investigation has found no link between Tehran and those who carried out the bombings.

The judgement, issued by Manhattan federal judge George Daniels on Tuesday, is also hollow because Iran has never responded to the lawsuit and is unlikely to ever pay.

The lawsuit claims that Iran provided technical assistance, training and planning to the al-Qaeda operatives that conducted the attacks.

However, the official investigation on the attacks, known as the 9/11 Commission Report, said that Iran did not play a direct role.

Nevertheless, Daniels insisted that the country was liable to more than 1,000 “parents, spouses, siblings and children” involved in the lawsuit. He signed off on a pro forma default order against “the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran” after they refused to respond to the suit.

The lawsuit is not linked to a case filed against Saudi Arabia, which families of 9/11 victims say provided direct support for the attackers. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi citizens.

Last April, a federal judge in New York ordered Tehran to pay $11 billion in compensation to victim families of the 9/11 attacks while Saudi Arabia was cleared, prompting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to denounce the ruling.

“I have lost every respect for US justice. The judgment by the Supreme Court and the other, even more absurd judgment by a New York circuit court deciding that Iran should pay damages for 9/11 are the height of absurdity,” he said.

“How would you explain Iran being held accountable for the damages to the victims of 9/11—and others being absolved of any responsibility, those who were actually responsible for it?” he said apparently referring to Saudi Arabia.

The judge order on Tuesday does make the families eligible to collect from a small fund of seized Iranian assets.

Iran’s assets held in foreign banks have been subject to a witch hunt by the Americans who have used Washington’s animosity toward the Islamic Republic to easily win lawsuits against the country in US courts.

In February, a set of “plaintiffs” sought to seize priceless Persian artifacts held at a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran but their bid was blocked on appeal by the Iranian government and University of Chicago.

Iran has denounced US seizures of its frozen assets as “highway robbery” and pledged to haul the United States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague.

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) is suing a subsidiary of German stock-exchange operator Deutsche Borse for holding $4.9 billion of Iranian assets.

The assets reportedly include about $1.9 billion which Clearstream has turned over to the US to “compensate” around 1,000 Americans claiming damage from Iran over a 1983 bombing in Beirut and another attack in 1996 in Saudi Arabia.

May 2, 2018 - Posted by | False Flag Terrorism, Mainstream Media, Warmongering | ,

7 Comments »

  1. Grotesque, absurd!

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    Comment by traducteur | May 2, 2018 | Reply

  2. The next arrogance of the US will be that local councils will pretend jurisdiction over foreign countries and levy taxes on them.
    There really is no sense of proportion in the United States; certainly no respect for other people.

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    Comment by Robert Campbell | May 2, 2018 | Reply

  3. I think that The USA and the families of those killed on 9/11 would have a much better chance of collecting compensation, if they sued Israel, the home of the 5 dancing Israeli’s,(Who were allowed to go back to Israel without any investigation whatsoever) and the USA government who HAD to be involved because of their actions in destroying the evidence, immediately after the “attack”.

    “9/11” was a ‘False Flag’ attack. Steel reinforced Concrete buildings are designed to withstand impact from modern aircraft, and cannot falling their own footprints whilst being “Dustified” in the process, unless they come down by ‘Controlled Demolition’

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 2, 2018 | Reply

  4. This is laughable at best. Where do you start. We don’t have jurisdiction over independent sovereign states. You have more evidence linking, Israel/Saudi/U.S. than you would Iran. You have Mossad documenting the event(prior knowledge), the towers security company was Israeli owned, the dancing Israeli, their PM states this was the best thing that could have happened for Israel. How much more do you need. But, let’s sue “Cuba”!

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    Comment by John L | May 2, 2018 | Reply

    • There is NO ONE in the American government, from the President down, who is Brave enough to confront Israel, such is the ‘hold’ that Israel has over them(and probably because Israel has “Dirt Files” on everyone in the White House and the Congress)
      Israel has the USA by the Balls.

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      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 2, 2018 | Reply

  5. Funny how the author and every single commenter managed to avoid mentioning the iranian hostage crisis. Whose victims are STILL waiting to be compensated 40 years later!!! Thanks to the limpwristed leadership of obama..who has proven time and aagain, how little he cares about American victims. What a said shame it is that the election wasnt a year earlier. If it had been poor Otto would be alive and healthy like our other 3 prisoners. Who are celebrating their freedom as we speak. The self absorbed and simple minded Obama got takin to the cleaners by the shrewd Iranian negotiators!!! In an act of unmitigated hubris….they then proceeded to humiliate our military men in a completely outrageoya and illegal act, followed by missile tests and other acts of provocation in an effort to humiliate an administraion that had given them everything they wanted and more. Fortunately, we now have a real leader in the white house. Who, much like the Iranians, is not afraid to step on a few toes in order to keep America, its allies and the world safe from these rogue reckless regimes. If Europe goes along with Trump this whole situation will be much improved in no time and we can again lift sanctions. I will take a Trumps hubris over obamas fecklessness any day. I would like to apologise on behalf of my country, to Europe,iraq, syria,and the rest of the middle east. For obama and hillaries insane policies of the last 8 years. They have singlehandedly destroyed the entire middle east as well as have of Europe _(thru the use of refugee warfare). I am ashamed of them.

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    Comment by fonald | May 9, 2018 | Reply

  6. I just happened on fonald’s comment incident to another post that interested me. Wow. fonald, you might have mentioned 1953’s coup against Iran and its people and the events that unfolded thereafter culminating in the 1979 crisis upon which you center. Context, context, context….

    And reflect, fonald, on the ultimate contextual reality: Palestine Is Still THE Issue!

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    Comment by roberthstiver | October 24, 2018 | Reply


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