US Supreme Court says terror victims can collect $2bn from Iran

US Supreme Court says terror victims can collect $2bn from Iran
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US Supreme Court says terror victims can collect $2bn from Iran
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Updated 21 April 2016

US Supreme Court says terror victims can collect $2bn from Iran

US Supreme Court says terror victims can collect $2bn from Iran

Washington: The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Iran must hand over nearly $2 billion in frozen assets to survivors and relatives of those killed in attacks blamed on the the country.
In a 6-2 decision, the court upheld rulings in favor of victims and relatives of the 241 US service members killed in the 1983 bombing of US Marine barracks in Beirut, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 Americans in Saudi Arabia, and other attacks blamed on Iran.
More than 1,000 Americans are affected by the decision.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion rejecting the Iranian central bank’s efforts to block payments to victims and relatives.
“We are extremely pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision, which will bring long-overdue relief to more than 1,000 victims of Iranian terrorism and their families, many of whom have waited decades for redress,” said Theodore Olson, a former US solicitor general who represented the relatives of the victims.