UN's top court to hear Iran lawsuit against United States
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) said in a statement it will "hold public hearings in the case concerning Certain Iranian Assets (Islamic Republic of Iran v. The United States), from October 8 to October 12" at its seat in The Hague.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is the principal judicial organ of the UN, also noted that its hearings “will be devoted to preliminary objections raised by the United States."
In April 2016, the US Supreme Court ruled that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of those killed in the 1983 bombing of a US Marine barracks in Beirut and other attacks.
Two months later, Iran filed a formal complaint with the ICJ about the "illegal verdicts" issued by American courts."
"The government will follow the case until the nation's rights are realized and the money is back, along with its compensation," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
Iran’s frozen assets have long been subject to a witch hunt by the Americans who have used Washington’s animosity toward the Islamic Republic to easily win lawsuits against the country in US courts.
Iran says the US is breaking the terms of the 1955 Treaty of Amity signed with the then regime of the Shah concerning economic relations and consular rights.
Last month, a federal judge in New York ordered the Islamic Republic to pay $6 billion to the alleged families of the September 11, 2001 attacks even though a state investigation has found no link between Tehran and those who carried out the bombings.
The order also made the families eligible to collect from a fund of seized Iranian assets.