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December 18, 2012 2:55 pm

Israeli Attorney Wins $338 Million Case Against Syria

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Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin Law Center. Photo: Mike Cohen.

While rebels and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad continue to wage war overseas, the Syrian government lost a different kind of battle on American soil Monday—to an Israeli attorney.

Syria was ordered to pay $338 million to two American families for its funding of a 1991 kidnapping of American biblical archaeologists during an excavation in Turkey for the remains of Noah’s Ark, the Israeli law center that helped win the judgment announced in a press release.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin Law Center, represented the families along with New York attorney Robert Tolchin. Syria was found vicariously liable for the kidnapping, which was perpetrated by the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) terrorist organization.

The ruling by Royce Lamberth, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, “points to an underlying fact” that “the free world will no longer stand idle while international crimes are committed and it will fight against those rogue regimes which support these heinous acts,” Darshan-Leitner said in a statement.

“Above all, the court found that this kidnapping was brutal and heinous, and involved threats of execution, torture, as well as marches through mountains and dense forests,” she said. “It is therefore fitting that compensation should be in the millions not in the tens of thousands. These days Syria continues to commit crimes against those who oppose the regime, and Syria will pay.”

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  • Ted Siman

    Syria was found vicariously liable for the kidnapping, which was perpetrated by the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) terrorist organization.

    How come what does it mean?

  • Miri

    Mazel tov

  • g urmacher

    Human life is valueless to those people.
    Perhaps hitting them in their pocket will be touching for them.
    When you think of all the alternative uses for the money spent on their killing people, it is mind boggling.
    All the schools, hospitals, town centers, universities, agricultural devices to grow more food, homes for their inhabitants.
    It is really the fault of the west.
    If we didn’t support the so called refugees, if we didn’t send them EU currencies and American dollars, there would be no funds for armamnet, no funds for bombs and rockets, and everyone would have to work to feed the population.

  • Doreen

    A paper victory.