That includes those killed in the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. (Via U.S. Marine Corps)
And the Khobar Towers U.S. Air Force bombing in 1996. WPIX spoke with one of the attorneys representing the families of terrorist attacks victims. (Via U.S. Department of Defense)
“What this shows is that an aggressive litigation strategy where lawyers go and pursue assets and find those assets. That can work, and it’s worked here,” attorney Jamie Bernard said.
But Iran says the case is based on trumped up charges. It maintains the building promotes the Persian language and Islamic culture, and its seizure would violate the owner's right to religious freedom.
The BBC quotes a spokesperson for Iran's foreign ministry who described the seizure of the building as politically motivated and said it "raises doubt about the credibility of U.S. justice."
The news comes at a tense time for the U.S. and Iran. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed a law barring an Iranian diplomat from entering the country. This, over the man's alleged links to the Iranian hostage crisis. (Via Jewish News One)
Proceeds of the sale are expected to be divided among the families within the next year. The Alavi Foundation is expected to appeal the verdict.