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.