Victims of terrorist attack in Israel can proceed with claim for US antiquities

BOSTON. A federal court in Massachusetts affirmed on 31 March that Iranian antiquities at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Harvard University Art Museums might be subject to a claim by the victims of a terrorist bombing allegedly sponsored

by Iran. The lawsuit claiming the antiquities, which remains

in procedural stages, is being brought by Jenny Rubin

and other survivors of a terrorist attack in Jerusalem in 1997. Alleging that Iran sponsored the terrorists, the victims won

a default judgment against Iran in federal court in Washington, DC in 2003 for hundreds of millions of dollars, and are now seeking to enforce that judgment through lawsuits claiming Iranian antiquities at the two Massachusetts museums, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the Field Museum in Chicago. In the latest round of litigation in Massachusetts, the court declined to reconsider its prior ruling that the plaintiffs might be able to claim the antiquities under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002. The case will now go to the federal appeals court. M.L

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