Five U.S. families who were victims of a 1997 Iran-backed suicide bombing in Jerusalem have been awarded $9 million in federal court despite objections from Tehran and the U.S. Justice Department, the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday.
The Nov. 27 ruling in the Southern District of California enables victims to recover $9 million from a U.S.-based defense contractor, Cubic Defense Systems Inc., that worked with Iran.
It was hailed as a precedent-setting case by the victims’ legal counsel, the Israel-based civil rights group Shurat HaDin.
“After more than 10 years of litigation in the federal court in San Diego, these victims and their families were awarded a Hanukkah victory against the Iranian Ministry of Defense and will soon actually recover more than $9 million in funds!” said Shurat HaDin in a statement on Monday.
The motion by the 10 claimants — Jenny Rubin, Deborah Rubin, Daniel Miller, Abraham Mendelson, Stuart E. Hersh, Renay Frym, Noam Rozenman, Elana Rozenman, Tzvi Rozenman, and France M. Rafii — sought to collect “judgments against the Islamic Republic of Iran for personal injuries arising out of the country’s terrorist activities,” according to the motion.
Seven people were killed and 200 injured in the bombing at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall.
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