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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:03 AM

Court awards millions to PKK victims

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. court found the Syrian government responsible for aiding the Kurdish Worker's Party, which abducted a group of Americans in 1991.

The Washington court Monday awarded the families of two of the kidnap victims $38 million in compensatory damages and levied $300 million in punitive damages against the Syrian government, a statement issued by the Shurat HaDin- Israel Law Center said.

The Israeli firm and U.S. attorney Robert Tolchin represented two families of U.S. citizens who were kidnapped in 1991 by the Kurdish Worker's Party, a U.S. designated terror group known by its Kurdish language initials of PKK.

The two were members of a group of U.S. archaeologists who were in Turkey searching for remains of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat when they were captured. They were held for 21 days before they escaped.


http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/12/18/Court-awards-millions-to-PKK-victims/UPI-56181355828659/

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