Judge Orders Iran, al-Qaida, To Pay $6 Billion In 9/11 Lawsuit

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. Judge has ordered al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran to pay $6 billion to survivors and relatives of 47 victims of September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.

Manhattan Federal Magistrate Frank Maas issued a largely symbolic ruling Tuesday.

The compensations are payable to 110 survivors and estates of 47 victims who died in the attack on the New York Trade center. Among them was the pilot of the United Airlines flight 175 which hit the south tower of the twin buildings.

It is unlikely that the damages can be collected. But one of the plaintiffs, Ellen Saracini, said she was happy about the recommendation. Her husband Victor was the pilot of one of the two planes that struck the World Trade Center.

Last year, Judge George Daniels signed a judgement on the lawsuit brought by family members of the 47 victims. He found that Iran, as well as al-Qaida and the Taliban, was liable and asked the magistrate to determine damages.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks on landmark New York's buildings.

Iran has denied having any links to the attack.