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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:03 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.


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