Iran was order by Us judge to pay another $879.1 million over a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US airmen, ruling again that Tehran bore responsibility.
US president Donald Trump’s administration hailed the judgement, over the latest attack against Iran which denies involvement and refuses to pay.
Saudi Hezbollah, a militant group from the conservative Sunni kingdom’s Shiite minority, allegedly carried out the attack by driving an explosives-laden truck into the eight-story Khobar Towers complex where Western and Saudi forces were staying.
Report says, Beryl Howell, the chief judge of US federal district court in Washington, cited previous evidence as she wrote that Iran “aided Hezbollah in carrying out a horrific, violent attack that killed 19 people and injured hundreds more.”
A similar case over Khobar Towers bombing occured, as Howell in 2018 ordered Iran to pay $104.7 million.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus hailed the decision, writing on Twitter: “Justice is overdue for the many victims of Iranian-supported terror.”
But in May, the US Supreme Court allowed for punitive damages for pre-2008 attacks in a unanimous decision involving Sudan.
A separate court decision in 2013 ordered Iran to pay $591 million to the family of one of the US airmen who died.
Iran, which has no diplomatic relations with the United States, has hit back that Washington should pay for past wrongdoing including support for Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war.