Iran Embassy Hostage Victims To Be Compensated, But Not By Iran

The fact that this all comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s supposed deal with Iran makes it all the more infuriating. If Iran really were serious about changing it’s relationship with the US, the first thing it would do is make sure the hostages it seized back in 1979 were adequately compensated. Instead, it would rather push the cost onto the American government, which in turn pushed it onto taxpayers!

“‘Iran is not paying the money, but it’s as close as you can get,’ says Thomas Lankford, an attorney for one of the victims, speaking to The Washington Post. Lankford refers to a clause in the new law which mandates that any money collected from the BNP Paribas scandal will be used for the new fund and the various 9/11 victim funds. The U.S. levied a fine of $9 billion on the French bank in June 2014 for its evasion of sanctions against countries like Iran, Cuba and North Korea.

The staggering amount of compensation being paid to the victims is remarkably higher than the $262,000 suggested by the George W. Bush administration in 2003. ‘Some may be surprised that a fiscally conservative Republican-controlled Congress would authorize payments of more than $250 million from the U.S. Treasury to private attorneys, even on behalf of victims of terrorism deserving compensation,’ writes attorney John Bellinger in the Lawfare blog.

The creation of the new fund comes on the heels of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran deal, agreed upon in July. As part of the agreement, Iran will receive as much as $100 billion in seized assets, none of which will go to the victims of the hostage crisis or their families.”

Source: Daily Caller



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