By Paul Miller, Continue reading in the New York Observer
A lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York asking for an injunction to stop the United States government from releasing over $100 billion in frozen Iranian assets.
The two dozen plaintiffs are all victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism perpetrated between 1995 and 2006. Together, they hold over $1 billion in judgments and fear that releasing the funds to Iran will deprive them of their only leverage to make Iran comply. The lawsuit names the U.S. State Department and Treasury Department as well as Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew as defendants.
“It would be outrageous to release the $100 billion in frozen Iranian funds when these American families have unpaid court judgments against the terror-sponsoring regime in Tehran,” said attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. “For more than a decade Iran has refused to pay these court judgments and has thumbed its nose at these victimized families and the U.S. court system. The $100 billion in frozen funds is the last leverage the families have to compel Iran to satisfy their judgments. If you release these funds you erase all hope of the families of ever getting a measure of justice against this outlaw regime.”