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Iran forced to compensate families of Beirut victims

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In this Oct. 23, 1983 file photo, the aftermath of the bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The Supreme Court upheld a judgment allowing families of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism to collect nearly $2 billion. The court on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, ruled 6-2 in favor of relatives of the 241 Marines who died in a 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut and victims of other attacks that courts have linked to Iran.(AP Photo/Jim Bourdier, File)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has upheld a judgment allowing families of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism to collect nearly $2 billion.

The court on Wednesday ruled 6-2 in favour of relatives of the 241 Marines who died in a 1983 terrorist attack in and other attacks that courts have linked to .

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion for the court rejecting efforts by central bank to try to stave off court orders that would allow the relatives to be paid for their losses.

Bank Markazi complained that Congress was intruding into the business of federal courts when it passed a 2012 law that specifically directs that the banks’ assets in the United States be turned over to the families.

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