Menendez Reacts to SCOTUS Decision to Review Ruling on $1.75 Billion Award for Victims in Iran Terror Cases

Menendez Reacts to SCOTUS Decision to Review Ruling on $1.75 Billion Award for Victims in Iran Terror Cases


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) reacted to today’s announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will review a ruling by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that $1.75 billion in Iranian funds be turned over to the families of victims of Iran-sponsored terror attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Beirut, Lebanon.

“While there is no amount of money, no financial rewards, and no court rulings that can ever comfort the victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, I believe justice was rightly delivered in recognizing that the survivors are entitled to this money and placing it in a special trust,” said Sen. Menendez. “It is my hope that the Supreme Court uphold that decision and Congress’ prerogative to enact legislation that provides for appropriate and fair compensation to victims of Iranian terrorism.”

Senator Menendez authored an amendment to the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (ITRA) which required that financial assets involved in this court proceeding shall “satisfy any judgment … of any compensatory damages awarded against Iran for damages for personal injury or death caused by an act of terrorism.”

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