U.S. Enacts Law Authorizing U.S. Taxpayers to Pay Compensation for Terrorism Victims Amid Multiplying Suits by Terrorist Victims

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Friday, February 1, 2002
Bruce Zagaris
On December 26, 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law Sec. the Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002, which includes provisions to establish a compensation program for U.S. victims of international terrorism. Meanwhile, more judgement and cases involving suits by terrorists’ victims are pending and new bills are being introduced in the U.S. Congress. On December 14, 2002, U.S. District The U.S. State and Justice Departments filed a brief, urging the court to respect the Algiers Accords, which forbade such lawsuits. While U.S. Government lawyers argue the agreement still binds the U.S., lawyers for the hostages contend that the more recent legislation takes precedence. At this conclusions of the evidence, Judge Sullivan asked attorneys to report to him January 14 on the status of the case, including proposed Congressional legislation.