Beirut Bombing Victims Urge President Obama to Sign and Enforce Iran Sanctions Bill
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Surviving victims and families who lost loved ones in the 1983 Beirut bombing praised Congress for passing the Iran Sanctions Bill and called upon President Obama to sign the legislation and direct his Justice Department to enforce all provisions in the new law. The group says the United States Department of Justice has filed briefs in American courts in at least four cases, supporting Iranian lawyers, who are attempting to stop Iranian terrorism victims from collecting court awarded judgments against that country.
The legislation, which passed the House Wednesday by a 421 to 6 vote and by a unanimous voice vote in the Senate, contains provisions that clarify and strengthen existing law, making it easier for American victims of the two bombings to collect their judgments against Iran, which total $2.65 billion. During the course of collection litigation Department of Justice lawyers, have filed several briefs seeking to prevent collection. They maintain that forcing Iran to pay the judgments infringes upon the ability of the United States to conduct foreign policy.
The group says Iran should realize that Americans back each other when it comes to protecting our country and its citizens. It maintains President Obama has two opportunities to make Iran pay for murdering 241 American servicemen in Beirut. The first is to sign the Iran Sanctions Bill as soon as possible. The second, the group says, is to stop his Administration from trying to keep American terrorism victims from obtaining justice from Iran.
The group hopes White House hold to its promise not to tolerate any work-around when it comes to Iran sanctions.
This news release is distributed by Saylor Company Public Relations under authority and direction of Thomas Fay, Esq.
SOURCE Saylor Company Public Relations Counsel under the authority and direction of Thomas Fay, Esq.Back to top