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US Judge: Sudan and Iran liable for 1998 embassy bombings

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By Toby Collins

December 4, 2011 (LONDON) – A US judge ruled on 30 November that Sudan and Iran should pay compensation to the victims of suicide bomb attacks on embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

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US Embassy, Nairboi, Kenya, 1998 (Reuters)

On 7 August 1998 bombs destroyed the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and killed hundreds.

US district judge, John Bates, found the Iranian and Sudanese governments responsible for providing material aid and support to al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden, who were accused of carrying out the attacks.

In Nairobi, Kenya, 291 people were killed, including 12 Americans, and over 5,000 were wounded. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 10 people were killed and 77 injured, including one US citizen.

Bates ruled that civil ligation against Sudan and Iran by the victims and their families is legitimate and they are due compensation.

The case against the Khartoum began in 2008 when a US investigation found “significant evidence indicating that senior government officials of the Islamic Republic of Sudan and Iran provided such support and finance to al Qaeda and therefore were enablers of the terrorist attack that killed and maimed hundreds of residents of Kenya and they must be held legally liable for the death and destruction caused.”

In a similar case plaintiffs are seeking US$12 billion in compensation from Iran for an attack on the US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983.

Fay Kaplan Law, a lead counsel for several groups of plaintiffs said that non-US citizens working in the Kenyan and Tanzanian embassies could also be due compensation.

Having gained statehood on 9 July 2011, South Sudan was not independent of Khartoum at the time of the attacks, yet will not be liable, according to Law.

In response to the bombings, on 20 August 1998 the US attacked targets in Afghanistan and Sudan. Cruise missiles were fired from US ships in the Red Sea striking a factory in Khartoum which was suspected of producing components for making chemical weapons.

Backed by Khartoum, the owner of the factory destroyed in the attack unsuccessfully sought US$50 million in compensation from the US Court of Claims, claiming it produced pharmaceutical products.

The Sudanese Minister for External Relations described the attack as a "grave act of terrorism."

Subsequent investigations corroborated the allegations that the US acted on flawed intelligence.

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  • 5 December 2011 09:22, by Sir. Nostalgic

    Look! Khartoumists are all TERRORISTS, but Mahammed Alli, Sam Eto’o and Jalaby deny always, and that is why the world has been preaching so that Khartoum can’t be ruled by a terrorist but somebody with the emphathy of human lives. How can Bashir rule Sudan now when he is a terrorist. Please World should help Malik Agar and Hilu to get rid of a terrorist. I hope US has seen what was the problem.

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    • 5 December 2011 09:24, by Sir. Nostalgic

      My only advice to Nubian and Funj is to still continue struggling, the world is coming to assist you. Arabs are killing the owners of the land when they were Arab traders from Saudia. You must give Nubians and Funj their right to rule themselves, otherwise you may see fire.

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      • 5 December 2011 13:14, by sober

        If USA want to manipulate the l the historical crimes to condemn SUDAN. I supposed all of west African countries condemn and file a sauté against USA of a major slave trading. WE THE AFRICANS DO NOT FORGETS white man crimes committed in our beloved continent

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        • 5 December 2011 13:43, by Daniel Buolmawei

          Sober, I remembered you from the other topic that you are a fake-Arab of Sudan. I don’t believe you are a real Arab, but since you sympathized with Arabs, don’t you know that the first slave traders were Arabs? I agreed, Africans must sue white slave traders, but we must to start with those who initiated slave trade, none other than your master arabs. If you lacked slave-trade knowledge, just read

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        • 5 December 2011 14:19, by mohammed ali

          Sober, you are a MAN! Real MAN!

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  • 5 December 2011 13:08, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "Having gained statehood on 9 July 2011, South Sudan was not independent of Khartoum at the time of the attacks, yet will not be liable, according to Law."

    But who thought we should be liable? It was not entire Sudan who acted terroristly, it was Khartoum which is there the same. Southerners have nothing to do with such a terror on another human beings. We are humane people, we are not beasts.

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    • 5 December 2011 13:26, by sober

      DONT FORGET BOB MAARLY and his beloved songs. He inspired all Africans , he script WHITE MAN crimes done in our beloved continent. WHITE MAN has nothing but to sow evil seeds among us and swindle our wealth.

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      • 5 December 2011 13:53, by Daniel Buolmawei

        But they are better than those who kill in the name of God. God must be respected. To use God as a sword is really more than cimres and sowing of evil seeds. They may sow that evil seeds, but I know how to weed them out.

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        • 5 December 2011 14:26, by mohammed ali

          Daniel,who told you Arabs were the first slave traders! This a white-man propoganda! Arabs mixed with Africans all over East and west Africa.They never entered SS or build a state there.They didn’t do what had been done to red Inians the owners of the land, or what was done to Aborgini in Australia, or Newzeland. These people were robbed of their country,land, culture and almost everything...cont

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          • 5 December 2011 14:30, by mohammed ali

            ..They tried to do the same in S.Africa and Zimbabwi.Slavery was present everywhere , but now it is rampant in South Sudan.

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            • 6 December 2011 09:15, by Daniel Buolmawei

              Mohammad Ali, you don’t have evidence to debate me that it is a white man’s propaganda. I know history then you pretended to know. Could you tell how you converted from being a chriatian into being a Muslim, if this not through slavery? How did your christian identity lost and became Arab-fake? It was through this first slavery I am talking about. Just read books before you debate me on this issue

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              • 6 December 2011 09:28, by Daniel Buolmawei

                "These people were robbed of their country,land, culture and almost everything...cont-Mohammad Ali wrote.

                Where’s the ancient culture of Nubian people (you in disgust)if rabs not robbed? Was’t it Arab culture now? Do you think Aborgorine and Red Indians like the idea to go and live either in Sudan or Iran? I rather live S. African or Zimbabwe than living Mauritania.

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          • 5 December 2011 14:55, by SPLA,corrup

            Look, you terrorist in khartoum why don’t you go and fuck you muhamed you pray to.... You are all terrorist...

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