TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A court in Tehran has ruled that the United States must pay millions of dollars in damages to the families of victims of two simultaneous terrorist attacks in Tehran that happened back in 2017.
“According to the court ruling, the United States government and nine individuals and entities, including former US Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, retired US general Tommy Franks, the CIA, the US Central Command, the US Treasury Department, as well as Lockheed Martin Corporation and American Airlines must pay $9.95mn in compensation for financial damages and $104mn for moral damage, as well as $199mn for punitive damages, with the fine totaling around $313m,” said the Deputy Chief of Iran’s Judiciary announcing the verdict on Wednesday.
The court cited statements by high-ranking US officials about the country playing the main role in organizing and directing terrorist groups, particularly the role of the CIA in creating terrorist groups, including Daesh (ISIS or ISIL).
“On June 7, 2017, Iran’s Parliament and the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in the capital Tehran came under terrorist attacks. Four gunmen, disguised as women entered parliament and opened fire on the security guards, and separately, gunmen attacked the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum, opening fire on the people inside the compound. At least 17 people were killed and nearly 50 were injured in these attacks, which were later claimed by Daesh terrorist group.
The Wednesday ruling is based on complaints filed by families of three people killed and six wounded in those attacks.
A number of US court verdicts over recent years have ordered compensation to be paid from seized Iranian assets to victims of various incidents worldwide, including the September 11 attacks.