Sinister role of Iran, Hezbollah in 9/11 terror attacks exposed

Updated 19 March 2016
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Sinister role of Iran, Hezbollah in 9/11 terror attacks exposed

NEW YORK: There is mounting evidence against Iran and Hezbollah proving their first-hand involvement in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 2001 that killed thousands of US citizens, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
Asharq Al-Awsat has exclusively attained and published six documents New York courthouse Judge George Daniels used for the verdict which fines Iran billions of dollars in compensation for the families of the victims of the attack.
The verdict also ordered compensation for insurance companies that bore fiscal losses due to the 9/11 attacks.
George Daniels condemned Iran for facilitating the execution of the terrorist attacks that affected both New York and Washington.
Documents procured by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper emphasize Iran smoothing out the route for Al-Qaeda terrorists moving to campgrounds in Afghanistan for training, which paved the way for the 9/11 attacks.
Moreover, documents exposed that top Hezbollah figure Imad Mughniyeh — assassinated in 2008 — had visited the perpetrators in October 2000 and had arranged their flight to Iran with new passports before dispatching them for the attack.
Iranian administration had also given orders for border checkpoints and observatories to stamp the passports of the terrorist attackers, in a move to facilitate their advance.
Al-Qaeda persistently had a supporting lifeline provided by the Iranian government, which also provided the terrorist organization — according to the documents — with both financial backing and safe haven to terrorist top leaders after the Sept.11 attacks.
US and western media outlets have circulated information about a New York courthouse penalizing the Iranian President Rouhani’s administration with $10.5 billion remuneration.
However the plaintiff commission against Tehran’s government confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that reimbursements Iran has been ordered to pay are to exceed $21 billion, shedding light on the fact that the frozen Iranian dough to be released by the US government will not cover the demanded compensation.
The trial revealed that each of Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri — current leader of Al-Qaeda — Mughniyeh and other Iranian officials met in Khartoum to establish an alliance supporting terrorism.
A courthouse judiciary source, requesting anonymity, revealed that six people and bodies are accused in the case filed against Iran.
They are Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei, former Iranian intelligence minister Ali Fallahian, deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Brig. Gen. Mohammed Baqir Al-Qader.
Administrational bodies among the accused are the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its special operations division, the Quds Force.


Dutch court cuts state’s liability for Srebrenica deaths

In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 file photo, a woman prays at the Potocari memorial center for victims of the Srebrenica genocide, in Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (AP)
Updated 20 July 2019
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Dutch court cuts state’s liability for Srebrenica deaths

  • The 350 were among the almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the genocide at Srebrenica, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II

THE HAGUE: The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday slashed the state’s liability for 350 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, saying peacekeepers had only a “slim” chance of preventing their deaths.
The 350 men were among 5,000 terrified residents who had sought safety in the Dutch peacekeepers’ base when the besieged Muslim enclave was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.
The lightly armed Dutch troops eventually became overwhelmed and shut the gates to new arrivals before allowing Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic to evacuate the refugees.
The men and boys were separated and taken in buses to their deaths, their bodies dumped in mass graves.
Judges, however, on Friday reduced from 30 percent to 10 percent the Dutch state’s responsibility for compensation to the families in a case brought by the Mothers of Srebrenica victims’ organization.
The 350 were among the almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the genocide at Srebrenica, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II and the darkest episode in the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.
“The Dutch State bears very limited liability in the ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’ case,” the Supreme Court said. “That liability is limited to 10 percent of the damages suffered by the surviving relatives of approximately 350 victims.”

After the ruling, Mothers’ president Munira Subasic, who lost family members including her son, husband and father in the massacre, expressed disappointment.
“Today we experienced humiliation upon humiliation. We could not even hear the judgment in our own language because we were not given a translator,” she told AFP.
At Srebrenica “every life was taken away 100 percent. There is little we can do with 10 percent, but yes, the responsibility still lies where it does.”
“I only have two bones. I have found less than 10 percent of his body,” she added, referring to her teenage son.
The Dutch government accepted responsibility, saying it was relieved that “finally there was some clarity.”
A Dutch court originally held the state liable for compensation in 2014. In 2017 the appeals court upheld that decision before it was referred to the Supreme Court.
The lower court had said in 2017 that the Dutch actions meant the Muslims were “denied a 30 percent chance of avoiding abuse and execution,” and thus the Dutch state was liable for 30 percent of damages owed to families.
The Supreme Court agreed that “the state did act wrongfully in relation to the evacuation of the 5,000 refugees” in the compound, including 350 Muslim men the Bosnian Serbs were unaware of.
It said the Dutch peacekeepers “failed to offer these 350 male refugees the choice to stay where they were, even though that would have been possible.”
But explaining the decision to reduce the liability, the Supreme Court said that “the chance that the male refugees would have escaped the Bosnian Serbs had they been given the choice to stay was slim, but not negligible.”
Reacting to the ruling, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld said in a statement the cabinet would “examine how to best implement the liability for damages suffered by the relatives in such a way it does justice to the Supreme Court ruling.”

In a swipe at the failure of other foreign powers to act during the 1995 crisis, the top court added that the “chance of Dutchbat (the Dutch UN mission) receiving effective support from the international community was slim.”
Former Dutchbat soldiers attending the case said they were disappointed on behalf of the victims’ families.
“I think the final judgment is a bit disappointing, especially when you see the court ruling of 30 percent and now it’s downgraded to 10 percent,” said Remko de Bruijne, a former Dutch blue helmet who served at Srebrenica.
“I think that’s not fair for the Mothers of Srebrenica but, on the other hand, now it’s clear,” he told AFP.
Srebrenica has cast a long shadow over The Netherlands, forcing a the government to resign in 2002 after a scathing report on the role of politicians in the episode.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is currently serving a life sentence in jail in The Hague after being convicted of genocide over Srebrenica and war crimes throughout the 1990s.
Ex-military chief Mladic, 76, dubbed the “Butcher of Bosnia,” is currently appealing a life sentence on similar charges at an international tribunal in The Hague.
Slobodan Milosevic, Karadzic’s long-time patron during the war, was on trial in The Hague at the time of his death in 2006.