Iran court orders US to pay $50bn for the assassination of top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani

Iran court orders US to pay $50 billion for assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

An Iranian court has ordered the United States government to pay nearly $50 billion in damages for the assassination of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, nearly four years ago, the judiciary said Wednesday, December 6.

Judicial authorities also demanded an apology for the killing of Soleimani in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in January 2020.

Then-US President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike near Baghdad airport that killed Soleimani, 62, and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on January 3, 2020.

Then-US President Donald Trump justified the action by saying that Soleimani was actively planning attacks against American diplomats and military personnel in the region. Trump also stated that the regime's veteran commander was already “directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people.”

Now, the 55th Section of the Legal Court of International Relations of the Department of Justice in Tehran has ruled against the US government and 41 other individuals and entities, ordering them to pay a sum of 49.77 billion dollars in connection with the murder .

The court also ordered that the US government and others found responsible for Soleimani's death must issue a formal apology, with instructions to publish it in a mass circulation newspaper.

The ruling comes after court officials ruled in favor of more than 3,000 plaintiffs who filed complaints alleging they suffered harm as a result of Soleimani's death.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian previously stated in January that nearly 60 US officials had been blacklisted by Tehran for their involvement in the assassination of Soleimani.

Both Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have repeatedly vowed revenge for Soleimani's murder.

Since Soleimani's death, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has been accused of plotting the assassination of John Bolton, the former US National Security Advisor, in retaliation for the military commander's death. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also identified as a potential target in the same plot.

Qassem Soleimani played a crucial role in Iran's external military and intelligence operations, overseeing the support and organization of proxy militant forces, including Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite militia groups involved in hostilities against U.S. forces in the region.


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