News ID: 153011
Published: 0722 GMT June 11, 2016

Canadian court orders stealing of Iranian assets

Canadian court orders stealing of Iranian assets

A Canadian judge has ordered that Iranian assets be stolen and handed over to victims of what he claimed attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah.

The judgment on June 10 mirrors a court ruling against Tehran won by attack victims' families in the United States earlier this year, which Tehran has strongly denounced and is fighting in international arenas, for Iran has nothing to do with the attacks. There is no document showing Iran’s involvement in the attacks.

The Canadian judgment awards about $13 million in non-diplomatic assets to families of Americans who died in bombings or hostage-takings in Buenos Aires, Israel, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia from 1983 to 2002.

Hundreds died in the attacks. An Argentina court has already acquitted Iran of any role in the attacks.Like the US courts, Canada's Ontario Superior Court claimed that Iran was responsible for training Hamas and Hezbollah operatives, and backed the groups financially.But the US Supreme Court judgment ordering the rubbery of about $2 billion in Iranian assets and handing it over to the victims' families has remained largely unpaid as Tehran has vowed to appeal it in international courts.

The ruling comes at an awkward time for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose Liberal government has been seeking to re-establish diplomatic ties with Iran.

Iran’s diplomatic buildings in Ottawa were not affected by the ruling, but several non-diplomatic properties and the contents of a list of bank accounts were awarded to the victims of the groups.

Tehran did not immediately comment on the court judgment. But there is no evidence at all Iran had any role in the attacks.

 

   
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