Terror Victim Sues Warwick Hotel Seeking Ahmadinejad’s Upscale Rooms, Lawyer Vows to go After Others
Lawyers for an American terror victim now living in Israel have served Manhattan’s upscale Warwick Hotel with papers demanding the rights to the rooms that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has booked, for his upcoming visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly, according to the New York Post. One of the lawyers told The Algemeiner that she plans to go after others offering services to the Iranian delegation in New York as well.
Stuart Hersh, who is also a US Navy veteran, was badly injured in a 1997 suicide bomber attack at the Ben Yehuda street mall in Jerusalem. A former journalist, his injuries which include a speech impediment, 60 percent hearing loss, back pain, and difficulty walking, left him unable to work. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, that caused “insomnia, nightmares and flashbacks, and led him to attempt suicide a year later,” writes the Post. The attack killed 5 people and injured close to 200 others.
Hersh has a $12 million dollar judgement against the Iranian government which was awarded in 2004 by the District Federal Court in Washington, one of his lawyers, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, founder of the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center told The Algemeiner. She says the hotel has yet to respond to the suit which was served this morning.
Asked for details of Iran’s involvement in the bombing, Darshan-Leitner said, “Iran provided the bomb, they trained the guy who created the bomb, and they funded Hamas which was the organization which carried out the attack.”
Darshan-Leitner also vowed to go after other Iranian assets and those that profit from offering the Iranians services during their stay in New York. “If we have information, we will go after anything that belongs to Ahmadinejad or the Iranian government, any services or anything that he will use . We are going after bank accounts, assets and real estate. There is a building in New York that belongs to an Iranian bank, and an artifact collection in Chicago as well,” she said.
“We will not rest until we get the full judgement from them” Leitner promised.
Ahmadinejad is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on the Jewish fast day of Yom Kippur Sept. 26. In a recent anti-Semitic rant he said, “For 400 years the revolting Zionist tribe has been controlling the world’s affairs and pulling strings behind the scenes in politics, the media, and the financial sphere.”
Representatives of the Warwick Hotel did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment.