London- A federal courthouse in New York has held Iran responsible for the September 9/11 attacks, and has passed a judge order demanding that Iran pays a $10.5 billion worth fine in compensation for the families of the victims who died during the 2001 attacks.
The case is In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, 03-cv-09848, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
Judge George Daniels in New York ordered that Iran pays 3 billion dollars for the insurance companies, including Insurance Chubb Ltd, which is the company that paid for the asset damage afflicted, labor disrupt, and other demands due to the incident, Bloomberg reported.
U.S. District Judge Daniels issued a default judgment Wednesday against Iran for $7.5 billion to the estates and families of people who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It includes $2 million to each estate for the victims’ pain and suffering plus $6.88 million in punitive damages.
Earlier in the case, Daniels found that Iran had failed to defend claims that it aided the Sept. 11 hijackers and was therefore liable for damages tied to the attacks. Daniels’s ruling Wednesday adopts damages findings by a U.S. magistrate judge in December. While it is difficult to collect damages from an unwilling foreign nation, the plaintiffs may try to collect part of the judgments using a law that permits parties to tap terrorists’ assets frozen by the government.
However, Tehran denied on several occasions the support it offered al-Qaeda for the September 11 attacks. Data recently revealed that al-Qaeda has been present in Tehran after the 9/11 attacks, with no apparent reaction from the Iranian government.
On the other hand, a recent ballistic missile test for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), mid last week, has proven that President Rouhani’s administration is failing to keep its end on the nuclear deal terms. Upon the incident, mutual reactions among senior officials in the government and the IRGC revealed the ever-deepening disputes between the Iranian official government and the IRGC on the timing the current maneuvers are taking place, and how they endanger the nuclear agreement. International stances condemned the trials to violate the U.N. resolution 2231.