Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Canada - Iran in Ontario court to fight law that allows terror victims to sue for damages.
Canada - Iran in Ontario court to fight law that allows terror victims to sue for damages. (Napo).
TORONTO — The Iranian government sent lawyers to a Toronto courtroom on Monday to fight attempts by victims of Hamas and Hezbollah attacks to hold the Islamic republic to account for sponsoring the terrorist groups that harmed them.
The unusual case in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice is the first test of a Canadian law that allows terror victims to seek damages from state sponsors of terrorism. After long ignoring the case, Iran now wants the claims thrown out.
The dispute comes as the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated it wants to re-establish diplomatic ties with Iran that were severed by the Conservatives in 2012 over Tehran’s rights abuses, nuclear program and military support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. Read the full story here.