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Monday, August 21, 2006

US default judgment against Iran in Sbarro bombing

On August 10, a United States federal judge issued a default judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran for being responsible for the August 9, 2001 bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria here in Jerusalem. A default judgment means that the government of Iran did not show up to answer the charges.

The judgment was issued by US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District of Columbia in the case of Steven M. Greenbaum v. Islamic Republic of Iran. The plaintiffs were the husband, parents and estate of Shoshana Hayman Greenbaum, an only child who was three months pregnant with her first child at the time that she was murdered in Sbarro.

After making extensive findings of fact and conclusions of law, the court awarded each of Mrs. Greenbaum's parents $5 million and her husband and estate nearly $10 million.

Collecting from Iran is a different story....


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