Iran must pay for ’92 bombing


A U.S. judge ordered Iran to pay $33 million to the family of a U.S.-born Israeli diplomat killed in a 1992 bombing.

In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle held Iran liable for the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Argentina, which killed 29 people, including diplomat David Ben-Rafael.

Iran’s Lebanese proxy militia, Hezbollah, took responsibility for the bombing.

The ruling is one of a string in recent years holding Iran responsible for Hamas- or Hezbollah-orchestrated terrorist attacks against Americans.

Iran has refused to acknowledge or comply with the rulings, which have resulted from default judgments in the absence of an Iranian defense. Plaintiffs have sought to seize Iranian assets in the United States and Europe to collect on their judgments, albeit with limited success.

Last September, a federal judge ruled that Iran must pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 U.S. service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut.

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