Aletho News

ΑΛΗΘΩΣ

Court overturns ruling to seize Iran-linked building in NY

650 Fifth Avenue, a New York City skyscraper that houses the headquarters of the Alavi Foundation.
Press TV – August 9, 2019

A US federal appeals court has overturned a 2017 verdict that allowed the seizure of an Iran-linked skyscraper in New York City.

In June, 2017, a US court verdict allowed the government to seize the midtown Manhattan office tower owned largely by a charity organization, the Alavi Foundation.

The jury then claimed that the charity was controlled by the Iranian government and the rent generated from the tower constituted a violation of US sanctions against Iran.

On Friday, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 3-0 that there was “a troubling pattern of errors on relatively straightforward issues” in this case.

“Getting to any outcome requires a fair and procedurally adequate process, something that has been lacking in this case. There are no shortcuts in the rule of law,” said Circuit Judge Richard Wesley.

The decision is considered as a defeat for the US Department of Justice as the government had hoped to sell the building for nearly one billion dollars.

Also in 2014, US District Judge Katherine Forrest granted authority to federal prosecutors to confiscate the building. However, an appeals court reversed that ruling in 2016.

Established in 1978, the non-profit organization has been working to advance the Islamic and Persian culture in the US.

The assets of the Alavi Foundation includes the building in Manhattan, as well as Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York City, Maryland, California, Texas and Virginia.

Without rent from the office building, the Alavi Foundation would have almost no way to continue supporting the Islamic centers.

American legal scholars say they know of only a few cases in US history in which law enforcement authorities have seized a house of worship.

The organization has also given millions of dollars to American schools, universities and charitable organizations; among them Harvard, Columbia and Rutgers university.

August 9, 2019 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Islamophobia | ,

2 Comments »

  1. “the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 3-0 that there was “a troubling pattern of errors on relatively straightforward issues” in this case”.

    Don’t tell me that the American Court system has suddenly become concerned about the decisions being made in their courts? I’ll bet that “The American Dept of IN-Justice is highly embarrassed by this sudden out break of JUSTICE…..Long overdue by the way…….AND….Julian Assange has had a ruling IN HIS FAVOUR as well…..Things are Looking Better these days……….Maybe their Conscience has been pricked.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 9, 2019 | Reply

  2. “Getting to any outcome requires a fair and procedurally adequate process, something that has been lacking in this case. There are no shortcuts in the rule of law(.)”

    Now, that’s a refreshing view. Although I can’t claim to know any degree of depth, the charade-trial of the Holy Land Five came immediately to what is left of my mind. (Professor Sami Al-Arian another? Professor Steven Solaita?)

    (Principled jurists like Judge Wesley had better switch to overdrive, because the increasingly Jewish-Zionist “legal” system is being focusedly re-jiggered, law by law, case by case, infused by hasbara and subtle or overt intimidation — using tactics aptly termed “lawfare” — by decidedly UNprincipled zealots avid to actualize their psychosis-twisted agenda “Never Again”….)

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 10, 2019 | Reply


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.