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Lebanon’s Hezbollah members carry Hezbollah flags during the funeral of their fellow fighter Adnan Siblini, who was killed while fighting against insurgents in the Qalamoun region, in al-Ghaziyeh village, southern Lebanon May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

Ottawa – A Canadian court has condemned the Iranian regime for supporting terrorism by issuing a decision to seize the assets of Iranians living in Canada and hand them to the families of victims who died in attacks orchestrated by Tehran and executed by the so-called Lebanese Hezbollah party and the Hamas Movement.

The Canadian ruling issued by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded the families of Americans who died in the eight bombings and hostage-takings between 1083 and 2002, payments seized from assets owned by the Iranian government in Canada. Hundreds of victims had fell in these bombings and hostage-takings, which took place in the city of Khobar in Saudi Arabia, in Lebanon, Buenos Aires and Israel.

In this regard, Canadian newspaper, The National Post, wrote that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice “had dismissed every argument Iran’s lawyers had made at a trial held in Toronto in January, leaving Tehran financially responsible for the actions of the terrorists it has backed.”

The newspaper wrote that the court also “considered Iran responsible for terror acts executed by groups supported by Tehran.”

Meanwhile, reports said that two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who masterminded a prisoner swap with Canada to secure the release of Iran’s former Central Bank Governor Mahmoud Khavari, accused by Iran of corruption, could be behind the arrest of a Canadian-Iranian professor of social anthropology in Iran.

Canadian sources have revealed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards look at a prisoner swap with Canada. According to some reports, the Revolutionary Guards is planning a prisoner swap between university professor Homa Hoodfar, currently arrested in Tehran and former Governor Khavari, who fled to Canada.

Assistant of Canadian Foreign Minister has revealed Hoodfar, who was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards, is a hostage that Iran is trying to use in a political deal.