Is­raeli group asks US court to block Boe­ing deal with Iran

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


An Is­raeli ad­vo­cacy group on Thurs­day asked a US fed­eral court to block aero­space gi­ant Boe­ing Co.’s planned $16.6 bil­lion deal with Iran Air, say­ing the Tehran gov­ern­ment must first pay off bil­lions of dol­lars in dam­ages to fam­i­lies of peo­ple killed or wounded by Ira­nian-backed mil­i­tant groups. In pa­pers filed in the North­ern District of Illi­nois court, the Shu­rat Hadin-Is­rael Law Cen­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion said it was seek­ing a lien against Boe­ing un­til the dam­ages against Iran are re­cov­ered.

“We are go­ing to seize all 100 air­planes,” said Nit­sana Dar­shan-Leit­ner, the group’s di­rec­tor. “If Boe­ing thinks it will sim­ply sell to Iran Air, which is 60 per­cent owned by the Ira­nian gov­ern­ment, and pre­tend it is pro­vid­ing some sort of hu­man­i­tar­ian civil­ian aid to a non-gov­ern­men­tal en­tity, we will re­veal the truth.”

Boe­ing did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for com­ment. Dar­shan-Leit­ner has rep­re­sented at­tack vic­tims in dozens of law­suits in Amer­i­can courts. She said 10 rul­ings in her fa­vor have or­dered Iran to pay vic­tims some $2 bil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion. Thus far, she says she has been able to col­lect about $200 mil­lion in seized Ira­nian bank ac­counts and as­sets on Amer­i­can soil.

Her or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sents fam­i­lies who are rel­a­tives of Amer­i­cans vic­tims of at­tacks per­pe­trated from 1995 to 2006 by Iran-backed groups like the Le­banese Hezbol­lah and the Pales­tinian Ha­mas and Is­lamic Ji­had. Last year the group filed to block the re­lease of $100 bil­lion in frozen Ira­nian as­sets in the United States fol­low­ing the US-led nu­clear deal with Tehran. — A

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