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Italian court orders Iran asset freeze
A court in Italy has ordered the freezing of an Iranian government account held in a Rome bank in what lawyers say represents an unprecedented legal victory for three US families seeking compensation from Iran for its alleged support of Palestinian suicide bombings that killed their relatives.
Lawyers and activists in Washington said their success in Italy was likely to be followed by similar cases against Iran in other courts in Europe and possibly Asia. The ruling could also open the floodgates to similar civil cases against the Islamic regime and other states accused by the US of sponsoring terror.
A civil court in Rome ordered Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) last week to freeze an account held by the Iranian government, drawing diplomatic protests from Tehran on the basis that Iran's official accounts were protected by the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations.
"It's not about blood money," said Steven Flatow, a US lawyer from New Jersey whose daughter Alisa was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber on a bus in Gaza in 1995.
What makes this so noteworthy in addition to the obvious, is holding Iran responsible for a Palestinian homicide bombing -Atlas
Iran Meets With Top Palestinian Terrorist
Top Iranian officials met this week with a leader of Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group explicitly dedicated to Israel's destruction. Khaled Mashaal, Hamas' political chief, conferred with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who months ago called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." Ahmadinejad's rhetoric has intensified concerns about Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has said Iran could be only "months" away from being able to assemble atomic weapons if it starts enriching uranium. Ask your members of Congress to support the Iran Freedom Support Act, which would tighten sanctions on Iran to choke off funds it could use to assemble atomic arms.