Federal Judge Orders Iran to Pay Billions to 9/11 Victims' Families

Nick Kangadis | May 2, 2018
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September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever live in the memories of anyone who was old enough to feel the pain of that day.

The families of the victims of the radical Islamic terror attacks on that day will for sure never forget the atrocities of 9/11. Hopefully, the decision made by a federal judge on Tuesday will make some kind of inroad to helping the victims' families some kind of peace — not because of the money involved, but because of the implication of guilty parties.

Federal Judge George B. Daniels ruled on Tuesday that the country of Iran was liable in the 9/11 attacks and ordered the nation to pay billions of dollars in restitution to the families of the victims involved in the lawsuit.

According to ABC News:

The default judgment issued by Judge George B. Daniels finds the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran are liable for the deaths of 1,008 people whose families sued.

The lawsuit, which was first filed in 2004 and allowed to go forward in 2016 after Congress passed Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act to open sovereign states accused of terrorism to liability, alleged Iran provided assistance, including training, to the 9/11 hijackers even though the 9/11 Commission found no direct evidence of Iranian support.

The judge set damage awards according to the following scale: $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child and $4.25 million per sibling.

Good luck getting any money from the craziest nation on Earth.

The decision came just a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Iran was “brazenly lying” about their claims that they “never had a nuclear weapons program.”

But, Iran isn’t the only country named in the lawsuit. The decision about Iran’s culpability in the 9/11 attacks was just a portion of the lawsuit Daniels ruled on.

“It is difficult for those injured or left behind to ignore the findings of the federal court about Iran’s culpability," the plaintiffs attorney Robert Haefele said. "But those findings should not overshadow the mountain of evidence presented against Saudi Arabia, which remains central to the plaintiffs’ case.”

Even if people have found some modicum of peace since the 9/11 attacks, no one worth their salt will ever forget.