The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from several survivors of a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem who want to seize Persian artifacts in U.S. collections to help pay a $71.5 million judgment against Iran over its alleged role in the attack.
The Supreme Court said on June 27 it will review a lower-court ruling that
said the U.S. victims of the suicide bombing could not go after collections of
Persian antiquities that are owned by the Iranian government and are on
long-term loan to the University of Chicago.
Many of the artifacts, which have been on loan since 1937, are on display at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.
The victims accused Iran of providing training and support to the Palestinian group Hamas, which took responsibility for the attack. They won a judgment and sought the seizure of assets to pay the settlement after Iran's government refused to pay.
The Supreme Court's next session starts on October 2.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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Washington DC - Thousands of priceless artifacts from Persepolis that are on loan to the University of Chicago risk being auctioned off to the highest bidder. In an effort to defend the collective cultural heritage of Iranian Americans, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has secured pro bono representation from with Mayer Brown LLP with connection to the case, Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran. - By Shadee Malaklou (March 2008)
Federal Court Threatens Iranian-American
Tempers between the United States and Iran have flared over Iran's nuclear program and its alleged intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have wondered if the two countries would ever find common ground. However, several controversial rulings in the United States federal court have resulted in just that: the United States' Justice and State Departments have momentarily put aside their differences with Iran in order to protect several thousand Iranian cultural artifacts. -By Arash Hadjialiloo, NIAC (March 2008)
Achaemenid tablet translation remains
unpublished due to lack of funding
The translation of 2586 clay Achaemenid tablets has remained unpublished due to lack of government funding. The tablets, written in cuneiform, were discovered along with a great number of other inscriptions at Persepolis in 1933 by the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute. -MNA (January 2008)
Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran (03c9370):
Default Judgment against a Nation
The recent ruling by Judge Manning of the United States District Court in Chicago on July 26, 2007 once again brings us back to the disheartening and disgraceful memories of one September day in 1997. Although the underlying terrorism case has been proceeding its routine legal process, such rulings put a stab in the heart and spirit of a nation which has tried to alienate itself from such accusations against its government. The pending case revolves on a $409 million default judgment. The question is whether a nation should pay for alleged terrorism charges/activities of its government and when that government ignores or defies the rule, it, the nation, should be punished.
Iran & Chicago University United to Redeem
At last by representing itself in the US Federal Court thought appointing a lawyer, Iran and Chicago University have became allies to defend Iran's right over the loaned tablets at the US Court. -(July 2006)
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