Tuesday, May 22, 2012

District Court finds Syria and Iran liable under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

In an opinion  published Monday, a federal district court judge found that Syria and Iran were liable to pay $332 million under the state-sponsored terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act for their role in a 2006 suicide attack in Israel that killed eleven people.

This is not that unusual - there are other cases that have imposed such liability before.  But, unfortunately for the victims, the problem is that the judgements are usually impossible to collect.  For more on that interesting topic, you can read  Estate of Heiser v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 2011 WL 3489109 (D. D.C.  2011).

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