U.S. EMBASSIES CASE:
In August 2008, 600 victims of the 1998 Al Qaeda attacks on the US Embassies in Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) filed a lawsuit against the Republic of Sudan and the Islamic Republic of Iran for their complicity with Al Qaeda in the execution of the bombings, which killed 224 people and wounded over 4,500; almost all of the victims were local citizens. The plaintiffs were both US citizens and non-citizens.
On November 2011 US District Court for the District of Columbia entered a final judgment on liability in favor of plaintiffs: “The government of Iran aided, abetted and conspired with Hezbollah, Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda to launch large-scale bombing attacks against the United States…Iranian defendants, through Hezbollah, provided explosives training to Bin Laden and al Qaeda and rendered direct assistance to al Qaeda operatives…Sudan also provided critical financial, military, and intelligence services that facilitated and enabled al Qaeda to strengthen its terrorist network and infiltrate nearby countries. With the support of Sudan and Iran, al Qaeda killed and attempted to kill thousands of individuals on site in the 1998 U.S. embassy attacks in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam”.
In 2014, judgment was entered in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding them with millions of dollars as compensatory and punitive damages.
On April 2015, the Republic of Sudan filed a motion to vacate the consolidated judgments. The motion has been denied. Sudan has appealed the judgment: the appeal is still pending.
Global Justice Group supported the creation of the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (the “USVSST Fund”). The fund has been established to provide compensation to those victims who hold a final judgment issued by a United States district court awarding the applicant compensatory damages arising from acts of international terrorism sponsored by a foreign state not immune from the US jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. The USVSST Fund began issuing payments to eligible claimants on March 10, 2017 on a rolling basis.