US DOJ: Iran’s Assets Off Limits to Terror Victims
The U.S. government has ruled in favor of Iran in a case where the Islamic Republic hid its assets to avoid paying damages to victims of a Hamas suicide bombing it sponsored. The Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to review the ruling by June 25, the Jerusalem Post reported.
In a 2003 lawsuit, Rubin v. the Islamic Republic of Iran, the plaintiffs won $71.5 million in compensatory damages from Iran. A U.S. district court ruled that Iran was responsible because it provided training to Hamas and subsidized the terror group’s efforts.
However, the Iranian government has never paid those damages and Iran and has shielded its U.S. assets from discovery. A U.S. Court of Appeals later ruled that the terror victims could not access information about all Iranian assets in the U.S. “Compelling a foreign state to produce extensive material pertaining to its assets may impose significant burdens and impugn the state’s dignity, and may have implications for the United States’ foreign relations,” a Department of Justice brief said.