US Court Blames Iran for 9/11, Demands US$6BN for Victims

US judge orders Iran to pay billions to families of 9/11 victims

US judge orders Iran to pay billions to families of 9/11 victims

Tehran has been ordered by a USA court to pay more than $6 billion to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, despite the fact that most of the plane hijackers were Saudi nationals, and no direct link was ever found to Iran.

The ruling finds the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran liable for the almost 3,000 deaths that resulted from the attacks.

According to the court, Iran must pay any person who lost a spouse $12.5 million, a parent or a child $8.5 million, and a sibling $4.25 million.

ABC News said that the ruling was symbolic as Iran is unlikely to admit guilt or discuss compensation. The ruling also includes an annual 4.1 percent interest rate from the year the attacks took place.

The lawsuit began in 2004, following the passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which allows civil claims against a foreign state if its accused of terrorism.

The prosecution lawyer Robert Havilly said that the ruling was made possible last December when a federal court in NY deduced that 9/11 attacks were only possible due to Iranian funding and support for the hijackers.

However, the lawsuit sets a significant precedent which could be used to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

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Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in NY.

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.

Iran's involvement in the attacks has been a source of contention.

Unfortunately, it is nearly certainly a mostly symbolic victory, as there is no way to force Iran to pay; Tehran didn't even bother showing up to court, leaving the judgement uncontested.

Daniels ruled in the survivors' favor even though the official commission that investigated the multiple strikes found no direct evidence of Iranian support for the conspirators.

Iran has not commented on the cases.

It is not the first time the said judge has issued default judgments against Iran.

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