Iran is largely considered the foremost state sponsor of terrorism, routinely providing money, weapons and training to terrorist groups, as well as refusing to either identify or prosecute Al-Qaida senior members. Perhaps even worse is the fact that Iran’s terrorism activities have been financed by a number of EU banks. American soldiers and contractors who were killed or severely injured can conceivably trace their trauma back to a bank who provided the necessary funding to allow terrorists to make and deploy lethal weapons. These banks received financial incentives to work with Iran, therefore they are, in many ways, as responsible for the deaths and injuries to American soldiers and contractors as the terrorists themselves.
Victims of Anti-Terrorism Lawsuits
The bottom line in this issue is that the tens of thousands of U.S. veterans, service members, contractors and their families would not have suffered injury and death if there had been no money to purchase weapons and ammunition. Iranian-sponsored terrorists were likely responsible for the majority of the U.S. casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq. Extremely serious injuries and disabilities to these soldiers and contractors, included amputations, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, explosion and blast injuries, vision loss and spinal cord injuries.
Banks Responsible and Subject to State Sponsored Terrorism Lawsuits
The banks who are complicit in sponsoring Iranian terrorism and liable for bank sponsored terrorism lawsuits are:
- Commerzbank A.G.
- HSBC Holding Group PLC
- Standard Chartered Bank
- Barclay’s PLC
- BNP Paribas S.A.
- Credit Suisse
Each of these European banks have a presence in New York. The banks have acknowledged they transferred billions of dollars on behalf of Iran, despite being aware of the sanctions against Iran. Years ago, federal prosecutors sued these banks, who paid the U.S. hundreds of millions in fines to “delay” criminal prosecution. These cases have provided a stepping stone for private state-sponsored terrorism lawsuits.
Who Can File a Bank Sponsored Terrorism Lawsuit?
Any U.S. veteran, service member or contractor who was severely injured or disabled as a result of bank sponsored terrorism may be eligible to file an anti-terrorism lawsuit against these aforementioned banks.* Under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, family members of U.S. veterans, service members or contractors who were severely injured or disabled as a result of bank sponsored terrorism may also be eligible to file an anti-terrorism lawsuit against the banks as well.*
*unless barred by the applicable Statute of Limitations
How an Anti-Terrorism Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one suffered injury while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan as a direct result of bank sponsored terrorism, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you are a Gold Star Family Member who lost a loved one to bank sponsored terrorism, you may be able to pursue damages as well. U.S. laws allow the victims of terrorist attacks to sue the conspirators who helped make the attacks possible—in this case, the EU banks who sponsored Iranian terrorism. The anti-terrorism lawsuits which have already been filed, claim these banks conspired with Iran to hide financial transactions from the United States, ignoring sanctions to do so.
Billions of dollars were allegedly channeled to Iranian military, who, in turn, financed military attacks in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. Having an experienced anti-terrorism attorney by your side can help you to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation, and, if so, how to pursue that compensation. Having an anti-terrorism attorney to assist you with your bank-sponsored terrorism lawsuit can be beneficial as you pursue your claim.