Ali Khamenei doesn't support US court ruling.

April 26, 2016
First published on:April 26, 2016
by HitBerry

The dominant figure in Iranian politics has always been the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In his opinion, the recent US court ruling is not fair to the Iranian side.

Khamenei was born in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad in 1939. He studied in Qom from 1958 to 1964, and while there, he joined the religious opposition movement of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in 1962. He played an important role in the 1979 Iranian Revolution and went on to become Iran’s president, from 1981 to 1989, and then Khomeini’s successor as supreme leader.

Ali Khamenei dosesn't support US court ruling, that would allow families of victims of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut access to nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds in the United States.

The nearly $2 billion in Iranian funds in question belong to Bank Markazi and are currently frozen in a Citibank branch in New York. The April 20 ruling by the US Supreme Court upheld a 2012 law by the US Congress that would allow the more than 1,000 families access to the funds. The families had previously won a lawsuit against Iran in 2007.

Iran also officially filed a complaint about a March ruling in a federal court in New York that Iran must pay victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington $10 billion. The complaint said that linking Iran to these attacks was “baseless” and “ridiculous” and that no Iranian national had participated in the attack. It also said the ruling “violates accepted international legal procedures based on the judicial immunity of governments.”

Khamenei’s spokesperson said in a speech, “The path to countering the Americans is endurance and resistance against their greediness.”- source: Almonitor.

It is not clear what recourse Iranian officials have. In an interview with The New Yorker published April 25, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the Supreme Court ruling a “huge theft” and said of the money, “We will get back.”

Iranian news agencies reported April 26 that Ali Tayebnia, Iran’s minister of economic affairs and finance, will form and lead a working group consisting of the ministers of intelligence and justice and the head of the central bank. The group will review the case against Iran and present recommendations at the next Cabinet meeting.