U.S. District Judge George Daniels ruled on March 9 that the Iranian government must pay $10.5 billion for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, despite a lack of proof that Iran was tied to 9/11 (video below).
Daniels ordered Iran to pay $7.5 billion to the families, and another $3 billion to insurance companies that paid out for the property damage caused by the attacks, notes Bloomberg Business.
Daniels issued a default judgment against Iran, which did not fight the case in U.S. courts. Default judgments are normally given when someone doesn't show up in court. Daniels ruled earlier in the case that Iran didn't defend against the lawsuit and was subsequently liable.
Daniels cleared Saudi Arabia for responsibility in the 9/11 attacks in a case in 2015, even though 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, notes RT.com.
Two of the 9/11 terrorists were from United Arab Emirates, one hijacker was from Egypt and one hailed from Lebanon; none of the 9/11 terrorists were from Iran.
Daniels dismissed legal claims against Saudi Arabia, and said that the country had sovereign immunity. Lawyers for Saudi Arabia appeared in court at the time, and claimed their country could not be linked directly to the 9/11 attacks.
Former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorists Attacks of September 2001, told a different version in 2015.
Graham helped write a report in 2002 based on the inquiry, but 28 pages of that report were censored by then-President George W. Bush.
“The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11 and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier,” Graham said in 2015, noted ABC News.
“The position of the United States government has been to protect Saudi Arabia,” Graham added.
“At virtually every step of the judicial process, when the United States government was called upon to take a position, it has been a position adverse to the interests of United States citizens seeking justice and protective of the [Saudi Arabian] government which, in my judgment, was the most responsible for that network of support,” Graham stated.
Hossein Sheikholeslam, a senior aide to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, called Daniels' ruling “absurd and ridiculous."
Sheikholeslam told Sputnik:
I never heard about this ruling and I’m very much surprised because the judge had no reason whatsoever to issue such a ruling… Iran never took part in any court hearings related to the events of September 11, 2001. Even if such an absurd and ridiculous decision has been made, the charges simply hold no water because Iran has never been mentioned at any stage of the investigation and the trials that followed.”
Sheikholeslam is backed up by Bush who was quoted as saying in office: “There was no direct connection between Iran and the attacks of September 11.”
From a religious standpoint, Iran is a Shia Muslim country, while Al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabians are Sunni Muslims.