(Persia Digest) – The Iranian Ambassador to London has said: “The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has rejected a demand by US lawyers to condemn Iran to payment of a minimum of USD 512MM as compensation to the families of US military who died in the US base in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Hamid Baeidinejad tweeted on Tuesday: “The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom rejected the US demand to condemn Iran to pay a minimum of USD 512MM as compensation to the victims of the US base in Khobar in the Heiser Case after seven years, announcing that US court rulings against other countries cannot be pursued in the British judicial system.”
He added: “The Supreme Court’s ruling blocks the possibility of new US lawsuits against Iran. The vote is more important given Canada's recent decision to sell Iranian government property and it shows how the US and Canada violate the most basic international laws."
Persia Digest (PD) reports that on 25 June 1996, a suicide truck exploded in the US base in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 marines and injuring 400. In the first instance, the FBI pointed the finger of accusation at Iran. But William Perry, the US Defence Secretary in the Clinton administration announced in 2007 that al-Qaeda was responsible for the bombing, not Iran.
Earlier, on 6 December 2006, a Washington court had ruled in absentia that Iran must pay over USD 254 to the families of the 17 victims in the incident.
A branch of the federal court in Washington DC also ruled last September that Iran must pay USD 104,700MM to families of the victims for involvement in the case.
Certain media outlets also reported recently that the Supreme Court of Canada in Ontario has granted over USD 28MM from the sale of two buildings in Ottawa and Toronto belonging to Iran to the families of alleged victims of terrorism.
Iran called Canada’s move in breach of international law. Iran’s Head of the judiciary warned yesterday that if Canada did not end this trend Iran will reciprocate.
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