The New York federal judge who found Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida culpable in the 2001 terrorist attacks has approved a $6 billion default judgment against them. But the order signed last month by Judge George Daniels is largely symbolic. However, it provides some hope that the relatives of September 11th victims will recover damages in the future. A federal magistrate judge had earlier recommended the damages. Judge Daniels last year signed a default judgment pertaining to a lawsuit brought by relatives of 47 victims. He found al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran liable and asked the magistrate to determine damages. Judge Daniels said support the Defendants provided to al-Qaida enabled the terror attacks. Iran’s president has repeatedly denied any Iranian connection to the September 11th attacks or to al-Qaida, but his credibility is suspect. Hopefully, the victims’ families will be able to collect on this judgment.
Source: Claims Journal
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