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US District Judge George Daniels in New York on Wednesday issued a default judgment against Iran for $7.5 billion that will go to the estates and families of World Trade Center and Pentagon Victims, and $3 billion to insurers including Chubb Ltd. that paid property damage, business interruption and other claims for the 9/11 losses, Bloomberg reported.

The payments to families and estates include $2 million to each estate for the victims’ pain and suffering as well as $6.88 million in punitive damages.

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The judge said that Iran had given active support to the terrorists who brought down the towers and killed close to 3,000 Americans in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania. He also found that Iran had failed to defend claims that it aided the September 11 hijackers and was therefore liable for damages tied to the attacks.

Iran is probably not going to pay the judgment, ever. Hossein Sheikholeslam, a senior aide to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, told Sputnik, “I never heard about this ruling and I’m very much surprised because the judge had no reason whatsoever to issue such a ruling… Iran never took part in any court hearings related to the events of September 11, 2001. Even if such an absurd and ridiculous decision has been made, the charges simply hold no water because Iran has never been mentioned at any stage of the investigation and the trials that followed.”

But even though it is difficult to collect damages from any uncooperative foreign nation, much less from Iran, the plaintiffs could try to collect at least part of the judgments via a law that lets parties to tap terrorists’ assets frozen by the government.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Iran had little if anything to do with the 9/11 terrorist attack. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia, beloved by Obama and "W". had a lot to do with the attack. Most of the attackers were Saudis and were receiving money from Saudi Arabia. It is a disgrace the way Saudi Arabia, the world's nuber one sponser of terrorism, continues to get a pass from our government.

  2. HAHAAA, this is so stupid that it's actually hilarious. Not the Saudis that flew the planes in the building, but iran which almost went to war with Al Queda. Laughable. Not even the 4 Israelis that were celebrating next to their white van when buildiings got hit, then detained and released and flew to Israel the very next day, but iran. Gimmie a break. if US wants to do something just, relase those missing pages from the 9/11 report. You know, the ones that show the level of Saudi involvment.

  3. I SEE FROM THE COMMENTS A LOT OF IRAN SUPPORTERS POST HERE .. there is this thing called the 9/11 commission , Iran has had long term connections with Al Qaeda through Zawahiri, From recent declassified captured Bin Laden documents, In a 2007 letter, bin Laden criticized an operative for threatening to attack Iran. “We expect you would consult with us for these important matters, for as you are aware, Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel, and communication, as well as the matter of hostages,” he wrote. Ties between Iran and al Qaeda have been reported for years, with numerous ways by which Iran served as al-Qaeda’s “main artery.”
    Bin Laden while living in Sudan adopted Khomeini’s Cult of the Suicide bomber at an Iranian terrorist training camp. The State Department offering multi-million dollar rewards for information that leads to the capture of two high-level members of al Qaeda based in Iran. Under its Rewards for Justice program, the State Department is willing to pay up to $7 million for information leading to the capture of al Qaeda “senior facilitator and financier” Muhsin al-Fadhli, and another $5 million for the location of his deputy, Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi

  4. At first, Ayman al Zawahiri ordered his operatives to conceal al Qaeda’s role in the insurgency against Bashar al Assad’s regime. It was only after the infighting between the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State broke out in mid-2013 that Al Nusrah’s allegiance to Zawahiri became public knowledge. While Al Nusrah is al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, other jihadist groups in the country have ties to al Qaeda. Jund al Aqsa is one of them.

  5. In 2011 a federal district court in Manhattan entered a historic ruling that reveals new facts about Iran's support of al Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks. U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels ruled that Iran and Hezbollah materially and directly supported al Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 attacks and are legally responsible for damages to hundreds of family members of 9/11 victims who are plaintiffs in the case.
    Members of the 9/11 Commission staff testified that Iran aided the hijackers by concealing their travel through Iran to access al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. Iranian border inspectors refrained from stamping the passports of 8 to 10 of the 9/11 hijackers because evidence of travel through Iran would have prevented the hijackers from obtaining visas at U.S. embassies abroad or gaining entry into the United States. The 9/11 Commission Report addressed these facts and called for further investigation. 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT at pp. 240-41.
    A May 14, 2001 memorandum from inside the Iranian government demonstrating that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, was aware of the impending attacks and instructing intelligence operatives to restrict communications to existing contacts with al Qaeda's Ayman al Zawahiri and Hizballah's Imad Mughniyah ( I mad was the most want US terrorist before Bin Laden’s 9/11 attack). – Documents obtained from German federal prosecutors showing that 9/11 coordinator Ramzi Binalshihb traveled to Iran in January 2001 on his way to Afghanistan to brief Osama bin Laden on the plot's progress. – Evidence from the 9/11 Commission Report that a "senior Hezbollah operative," which the Havlish evidence identifies as Hezbollah terrorist chief Imad Mughniyah, coordinated activities in Saudi Arabia and was present (or his associate) on flights the hijackers took to and from Beirut and Iran.

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