US Court: No damages due to former hostages of Iran embassy takeover

Published July 3rd, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

A US federal appeals court has ruled the Americans held in Iran for 444 days in 1979 cannot receive damages from Tehran. 


The ruling from a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld an order from a lower court issued last year, according to the New York Times


The 52 hostages, held from November 1979 until January 1981, were released the day Ronald Reagan was sworn in as US President. However, the agreement made by the Carter administration promised Iran immunity from suits stemming from the hostage taking. 


In December 2000, a class action lawsuit against Iran was filed on behalf of former hostages seeking $8 billion in assets and other monies from Iran frozen by the US Treasury. The suit was filed under a 1996 law - the Anti-terrorism Act, which allows lawsuits for state-supported acts of terrorism. ( 

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