Making Terrorists Pay - and Pay

(Toronto Star) Vivian Bercovici- On Feb. 25, 1996, Ira Weinstein, 53, boarded the No. 18 bus in Jerusalem. Moments later, the bus exploded. Hassan Sulameh, a Hamas commander trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, allegedly planned the attack. Tel Aviv attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner filed a civil suit against Iran for damages for pain and suffering in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2000 on behalf of the Weinstein family, dual American and Israeli citizens. After the court found for the Weinsteins, Darshan-Leitner worked with legislators and the insurance industry to negotiate an amendment to the U.S. Insurance Act enabling an injured party to collect damages from a state that allegedly sponsors terrorism. Six months after the statute was amended, the State Department provided the information regarding frozen Iranian bank accounts, and the Weinsteins, incredibly, received $7 million from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

2004-09-03 00:00:00

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