Iran ordered to pay $104.7 million over 1996 truck bomb attack: U.S. judge

Iran ordered to pay $104.7 million over 1996 truck bomb attack: U.S. judge
Khobar Towers (Image: Dept.of Defense/Handout)

[Ed. – If they don’t want to pay, we can always collect the damages in pounds of flesh.]

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Monday ordered Iran to pay $104.7 million to victims of a June 1996 truck bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. military personnel, though it is unclear when and how the plaintiffs might collect.

Chief Judge Beryl Howell entered a default judgment against Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which did not defend against claims over their alleged roles in the attack, which sheared off the front of the Khobar Towers complex.

Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Howell said 15 service members who were at the complex when it was bombed could recover for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The judge also said 24 relatives could recover for emotional distress from seeing how the bombing affected their loved ones.

Howell rejected punitive damages, saying U.S. law did not allow them for attacks occurring before 2008.

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