A Manhattan judge has awarded 110 survivors and the estates of 47 victims in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks $6 billion in a lawsuit filed against al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Iranian government.
In a historic case that would hold the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks in New York accountable for the first time, the New York Daily News has learned that Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas has ruled in favor of the 110 survivors and 47 victims’ estates that are parties to the lawsuit.
The ruling would order not just the Taliban and al-Qaeda, but also the Iranian regime, to pay $6 billion to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. In December, Federal Judge George Daniels concluded that the heinous acts of Sept. 11, 2001 were also aided by Grand Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei and the regime’s Lebanese substitute Hezbollah.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamdinejehad has fully and repeatedly denied that there is any connection between Iran and the attacks on 9/11.
Will the victims ever see the $6 billion? Most concur that the $6 billion will never be paid, especially since Osama bin Laden cut off his family from his wealth and al-Qaeda and the Taliban are at war with the United States.
For plaintiff Ellen Saracini, whose husband Victor Saracini was a captain on United Airlines Flight 175 that hit the south tower of the World Trade Center, she doesn’t care about the money, but rather the accountability factor.
“It’s hard being happy, but I am happy about it. But it opens up old wounds. We were never in it for a lawsuit. I wanted to know what happened to my husband,” Saracini told the New York news outlet. “I never was in this for the money. I wanted accountability. The money will never bring back my husband, so I don’t care about it.”