Front Page
NMJ Search
Editorials
Commentary
Archive
NMJ Radio
Constitutional Literacy
Islamofascism
Progressivism
Books
NMJ Shop
Links, Etc...
Facebook
Twitter
Site Information
About Us
Contact Us
  US Senate
  US House
  Anti-Google






The trial, tentatively set for September or October, would cover claims brought by 296 people, including victims of 24 separate attacks and their family members.
Social Bookmarking
Print this page.
Arab Bank Must Face Trial Over Terror Attacks
Bloomberg.com
Arab Bank PLC, Jordan's largest lender, lost a bid to avoid a US trial in a lawsuit brought by terrorism victims who accuse it of supporting attacks in Israel.

US District Judge Nina Gershon in Brooklyn, New York, yesterday rejected the bank's request to throw out the case, sending it toward trial.

The victims claim in their lawsuit that Arab Bank, based in Amman, "knowingly and purposefully supported" foreign terrorist organizations from 1995 to 2004 by providing financial support to terrorists, including administering payments to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. The bank has denied wrongdoing.

"For nine years, it's been the stated goal of all of the plaintiffs to have the opportunity to get their day in court," Gary Osen, a lawyer for some of the plaintiffs, said after yesterday's hearing. "This is certainly not the end of the process but it vindicates their right to have their day in court."

A lead plaintiff in the case is Courtney Linde, whose husband, John Linde Jr., was killed Oct. 15, 2003, while guarding diplomats traveling in the Gaza Strip. The case was brought under the US Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows for lawsuits against companies that provide support for terrorist organizations.

Bob Chlopak of Chlopak Leonard Schechter & Associates in Washington, a spokesman for the bank, said in a statement that the judge's decision "is only a preliminary ruling allowing the case to proceed to trial by a jury."

"The bank remains confident that the extensive evidentiary record will demonstrate at trial that the transactions at issue were routine and lawful, and the bank did not knowingly or proximately cause the acts of terrorism at issue in these cases," Chlopak said.

The trial, tentatively set for September or October, would cover claims brought by 296 people, including victims of 24 separate attacks and their family members, according to discussions during yesterday's hearing. Lawyers said the trial may last as long as 12 weeks.

In November, Arab Bank won the dismissal of a separate suit filed by former Israeli government official Mati Gill, who was injured in a 2008 by a shot fired from Gaza, a territory bordering Israel.

US District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn ruled that Gill didn't show enough evidence that the bank played a role in the attack to send the case to trial.

In her decision yesterday, Gershon granted the bank's request to dismiss certain claims specifying that it aided and abetted terrorist activities. She allowed the rest of the suit to move forward.

The case is Linde v. Arab Bank Plc, 04-cv-02799, US District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

READ FULL SOURCE ARTICLE: 04/25/2013








The BasicsProject.org informational and educational pamphlet series is now available for Kindle and iPad. Click here to find out more...

The New Media Journal and BasicsProject.org are not funded by outside sources. We exist exclusively on tax deductible donations from our readers and contributors.
Please make a sustaining donation today.







Opinions expressed by contributing writers are expressly their own and may or may not represent the opinions of NewMediaJournal.us, its editorial staff, board or organization.  Reprint inquiries should be directed to the author of the article. Contact the editor for a link request to NewMediaJournal.us.  NewMediaJournal.us is not affiliated with any mainstream media organizations.  NewMediaJournal.us is not supported by any political organization.  Responsibility for the accuracy of cited content is expressly that of the contributing author. All original content offered by NewMediaJournal.us is copyrighted. NewMediaJournal.us supports BasicsProject.org and its goal: the liberation of the American voter from partisan politics and special interests in government through the primary-source, fact-based education of the American people.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance a more in-depth understanding of critical issues facing the world. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 USC Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The Media Journal.us © 1998-2014    Content Copyright © Individual authors
Powered by ExpressionEngine 1.70 and M3Server