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NIAC: Struggle over Persian artifacts continues

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The National Iranian American Council has some new developments on the ongoing effort to confiscate priceless Persian relics on loan to Chicago University’s Oriental Institute as reparations to private parties suing the Iranian state for a 1997 suicide bombing in Israel.

The claimants argue that the Iranian state is responsible for the bombings due to its support of Hamas and are trying to gain possession of the ancient clay tablets from American museums and universities.   Since Iran is marked as a state sponsor of terror by the US government, it is not protected by sovereign immunity—an international standard that protects governments from getting sued in the courts of foreign nations.

On March 29, new plaintiffs emerged seeking the clay tablets from Persepolis which are already targeted by the victims of a 1997 Jerusalem attack, Rubin et al. these additional plaintiffs want to lay claim to the artifacts so as to sell them and receive payment for a $2.7 billion decision in their favor.

According to reports, families of the victims of the 1983 marine barracks bombing in Beirut have sued Iran using the same Iran-terrorist link as the aforementioned claimants. As Iran is marked as a state sponsor of terror by the United States government, it is not protected by sovereign immunity, an international standard that protects governments from lawsuits in other nations’ courts.

Irancove @ June 19, 2008

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