NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 – Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center, the organization that built its reputation on hard-fought legal battles and victories against terror sponsors, today sent a letter to worldwide mobile satellite company Inmarsat PLC, warning it against providing prohibited guidance services to Iranian oil tankers and Iranian military vessels. The warning letter stressed that Inmarsat's actions would expose the telecommunications giant to criminal prosecution and civil liability from Americans and others who suffer as a result of Iran's international sponsorship of terrorism.
In 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruling made the determination that individuals or companies that materially support terrorist organizations are liable for the murder and injuries they cause, according to Boim v. Holy Land Foundation. Fueled by this variety of tenacious judicial support, the Center submitted a letter alerting Inmarsat’s leadership that its actions are illegal and serve as a civil liability to American citizens and to all those across the globe who experience the brunt of Iran’s sponsorship of terror. On July 12, 2012 the US Treasury announced further restrictions on US and non-US citizens prohibiting dealing with Iranian oil and ships. Despite this, Inmarsat, with offices in Miami and Washington D.C., continues to provide mobile satellite services to Iranian ships.
Shurat HaDin founder, and human rights activist, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said, “We will not tolerate Inmarsat’s – or any corporation’s – profiting from the blood of innocent people. Anything short of immediate and decisive action on our part would be akin to acceptance. It is a simple issue of justice: Inmarsat must uphold its legal obligations in compliance with US Treasury regulations and immediately cease its support for Iran.”
This action represents the latest example of the Law Center’s harnessing of American and international law to knock down the financial and technological buttresses of terrorism.
In June 2011, Shurat HaDin brought legal action against Inmarsat for continuing to support ships seeking to breach Israel's naval blockade of Gaza. Shurat HaDin underlined that Inmarsat's services provided communications to the Mavi Marmara and other ships that participated in the Gaza flotilla of May 2010. The case was filed in a Federal Court in Miami.
The warning letter additionally noted that previous judgments allowed victims of terrorism to file suit against an oil and gas company, as well as against its officers, for engaging in business with a state sponsor of terrorism. Additionally, Darshan-Leitner stressed that by providing aid to Iran, Inmarsat subjects itself to forfeiture of its assets to judgment creditors who hold unenforced judgments against the Islamic regime.
Shurat HaDin also states its intention to pursue the company, its officers and directors for providing aid to terrorists. The stakes could not be higher. When taking on cases such as these, the Law Center exposes companies to forfeitures of assets and severe financial penalties.
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Shurat HaDin—Israel Law Center is an Israeli based civil rights organization and world leader in combating the terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them through lawsuits litigated in courtrooms around the world. Fighting for the rights of hundreds of terror victims, Shurat HaDin seeks to bankrupt the terror groups and grind their criminal activities to a halt - one lawsuit at a time. Established in 2003 and based in Tel-Aviv, Shurat HaDin works together with western intelligence agencies and volunteer lawyers around the world to file legal actions on behalf of victims of terror.
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