The days of ex-President Obama seemingly going out of his way to shower Iran will billions of dollars for nearly nothing in return are long gone.
Now, the tables have turned and a U.S. Federal judge has ordered Iran to pay up to the tune of $104 million dollars.
One could surely conclude that Iranian leader Rouhani must sorely miss having Obama and John Kerry is his back pocket.
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.
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.
The lawsuit sought damages under the so-called terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
“The plaintiffs are very pleased with the decision, and look forward to pursuing collections,” Paul Gaston, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in an interview. “Having the court ruling gives them some measure of justice.”
Thirteen members of Hezbollah were indicted in June 2001 in the federal court in Alexandria, Virginia over their alleged roles in the attack.
In December 2006, another federal judge in Washington ordered Iran to pay $254.4 million to family members and the estates of 17 Americans who died in the attack, also in a default judgment.