US Supreme Court forces Iran to pay terror victims

Landmark ruling upholds 2012 law which forced frozen Iranian assets to be used to pay families of American terror victims.

Tova Dvorin,

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The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of American terror victims on Wednesday, awarding over $2 million in Iranian assets to the families of victims murdered in Iran-backed attacks. 

The court doled a heavy blow to Iran's central bank, Bank Markazi, by a 6-2 ruling, Reuters reports. 

Tehran had appealed a 2014 New York Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the legality of a 2012 law, which stated that the frozen funds should go toward the $2.65 billion judgement the families won against Iran in a US federal court in 2007. 

Over 1,000 American families had been involved in the ruling, which follows a lengthy legal battle over the fund and over compensation for Iranian terror attacks.

Among the attacks were a Hezbollah attack in 1983 on a US Marine Corps base in Beirut, and the 1996 Khobar Towers truck bombing in Saudi Arabia. 

Wednesday's ruling, written by liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, determined that a Congressional intervention to help pass the 2012 law did not violate the US Constitution's separation of powers. 

Matt Wanderman contributed to this report. 




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