Fighting It– The Courts vs. Khatami

Former Iranian President Khatami was visiting (see prior post) the US this week and lecturing at Harvard.  This highly controversial visit by a “moderate” Islamo-fascist was criticized in many quarters.  Now the courts are involved.  Families of Iranians that he imprisoned as dissidents have sued him in US Court and served him at a banquet dinner, apparently sponsored by US Islamist group CAIR.  He has twenty days to respond or default.

excerpts: (reported in Washington Post)

…Seven Jewish-Iranian families have filed suit in an American federal court against former President Mohammad Khatami over charges that he is responsible for the kidnapping and torture of their missing family members. The families, currently residing in Los Angeles and Israel,  contend that  Khatami  instituted the policy of  imprisoning their relatives without trials and refusing to provide them any information concerning their whereabouts.  The Jews were arrested on different occasions during the years 1994 through 1997, as they sought to leave Iran  across its border with Pakistan.

The plaintiffs, who are not U.S. citizens, brought the suit under special laws – the Alien Torts Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act – which permit foreigners to sue their tormentors for torture and kidnapping in American courts.  The lawsuit filed in the New York District Court  is being represented by attorneys  Robert Tolchin of  New York, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of  Jerusalem and Pooya Dayanim of Los Angeles.  The plaintiffs are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages against Khatami for his role in the on-going disappearance of their loved ones.

The families had to wait until Khatami was physically in the US to initiate the suit against him.  On Friday evening copies of the complaint and summons were handed to Khatami at a reception in Arlington, Virginia hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. ..

Since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, millions of Iranian citizens have sought to escape from the Islamic regime.  In normal circumstances when Muslim citizens are arrested attempting to leave without official permission, the established punishment is a small fine or a short jail term. However, in the instances where Jewish citizens have been similarly arrested,  the Islamic government has instituted much harsher penalties.  …

Over the years, the Jewish families have received reports from other former prisoners and guards that the missing Jews are alive and  being held in different prisons.  In the case of the Tehrani family of Los Angeles, a former Muslim neighbor has sworn out an affidavit testifying that he has seen their missing son, Babak Tehrani, in a Tehran prison two years after his disappearance.

“These Persian Jewish families are seeking to bring  Khatami before an American court for his involvement in the torture and imprisonment of their loved ones in Iran,”  stated the families’ attorney  Nitsana-Darshan-Leitner, …The court case will establish that  these missing Jews are indeed still alive in Iranian prisons and that the former President violated international law with his policy of  arrests and torture which targeted the Jewish community.”


One Response to “Fighting It– The Courts vs. Khatami”

  1. terrorfree Says:

    Islamofascist CAIR Doesn’t Like the Term “Islamic Fascist”: FNC video, 8/14/6

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