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American judge orders seizure of Persian artifacts


Tehran, July 31, IRNA - An American judge, who has held Iran legally responsible for the 1997 al-Qods bombing, ruled that the Persian artifacts in the US be seized and auctioned in favor of survivors of the incident.

Bloomberg reported in its website that under the ruling, issued based on a four-year-old forged story, the Iranian government must designate an official to answer questions under oath from a lawyer seeking to seize Persian artifacts in the US on behalf of the bombing survivors.

A lawyer for nine of the survivors is trying to enforce a $409 million default judgment obtained against Iran four years ago that made the nation legally responsible for the case.

Iran has hired a lawyer, Thomas Corcoran Jr., to defend its case.

Iran has seriously been following up the issue of auctioning several Persian ancient mud tablets, dating back to the Achaemenid era, that were given to the Chicago University in trust after being smuggled to the US.

The invaluable pieces are relics of the magnificent Persepolis, seat of the Achaemenid Empire of ancient Persia, and bearing inscriptions in cuneiform.

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