Federal Judge Orders Iran to Pay $6B to 9/11 Family Victims as Partially Responsible for Attacks

Published May 2nd, 2018 - 02:42 GMT
The rubble of the World Trade Center smouldering following the collapse of the towers (AFP/File Photo)
The rubble of the World Trade Center smouldering following the collapse of the towers (AFP/File Photo)

A federal judge has ordered Iran to pay $6billion to families of the victim's of 9/11 after he found various government entities were liable in the attacks.

Judge George B. Daniels announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic are responsible for aiding in the terrorist attacks that took the lives of thousands of innocent people, ABC News reports.

An attorney for the families, Robert Haefele, said the federal court found Iran had provided material support to al Qaeda.

'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,' Haefele said in a statement to ABC News.

'It is difficult for those injured or left behind to ignore the findings of the federal court about Iran's culpability.

'But those findings should not overshadow the mountain of evidence presented against Saudi Arabia, which remains central to the plaintiffs' case.'

The judge ordered the following to be paid in damages: $8.5million for each parent, $12.5million for each spouse, $8.5million per child and $4.25million per sibling,' as seen on the outlet.

Iran has kept quiet about the lawsuit and it's unlikely they will ever pay.

 

The ruling comes as families to the 9/11 victims announced plans to take the next steps in a broader court case against Saudi Arabia.

Family members and survivors of the terrorist attack sued the Saudi government in 2003 and claimed employees knowingly assisted hijackers who carried out the attacks and fueled al-Qaida's development into a terrorist organization by funding charities that supported the group.

The Saudi government has long denied any involvement in the attacks.

Brett Eagleson, whose father was killed in the twin towers, told a news conference earlier this month that the plaintiffs plan a grassroots effort to compel the CIA, the FBI and others to turn over information that could shed light on potential Saudi complicity.

'The 9/11 families aren't going anywhere,' said Eagleson, 32, of Middletown, Connecticut.

'We had my dad's grandchildren in the audience today who want to know the truth about what happened to their grandfather.'

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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