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Families of Iran’s assassinated nuclear scientists sue US for supporting Israel's acts of terror

The coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is pictured during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

The families of Iran’s assassinated nuclear scientists have filed a lawsuit against the United States for supporting Israel's acts of terror against the Iranian nation.

Somayeh Afzali Niku, the lawyer, said in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Monday that the 400-page case, with about 500 pages of appendices, had 32 defendants and 11 plaintiffs.

Afzali Niku censured the assassination of the prominent scientists as a “cowardly act,” saying that there was solid evidence Israel was involved.

“The crime of assassination of our scientists should not go unanswered, and the perpetrators of these crimes, including the presidents and some other US officials, especially the US Secretary of State and Treasury, should be punished for their crimes,” the lawyer said in a separate interview with the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Noting that assassination of Iran's nuclear scientists amounted to complete violation of all norms of international law, Afzali Niku added that Iran is seeking $100 million in reparation for damages. She explained that the compensation claim was related to the material, spiritual and psychological damage inflicted on the families of the assassinated scientists, and was calculated in accordance with international and legal procedures in US courts.

Calling on the court to consider punitive damages for the perpetrators, the lawyer said property belonging to the US and the perpetrators of crimes in the region could be confiscated with the cooperation of other countries in order to exact compensation.

The lawyer said the first court hearing will be held on April 10 after the defendants are informed of the plea, and that the defendants will be able to appear in court to defend themselves.

Iran’s nuclear activities and a deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have frequently been the target of sabotage by the United States and the Israeli regime.

The US left the JCPOA in 2018, and its allies in the accord – Britain, France, and Germany – subsequently failed to secure Iran’s interests guaranteed by the deal, under Washington’s pressure.

Two of the most recent acts of sabotage, where the Islamic Republic strongly suspects Israel to have acted with US intelligence, include an incident at the Natanz nuclear site last July that caused material damage to the facility, and the November assassination of nuclear expert Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Fakhrizadeh, the head the Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, was targeted in a multi-pronged terrorist attack by a number of assailants in Absard city of Tehran Province’s Damavand County.

Israel has a track record of killing Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010 and Fakhrizadeh is the fifth to have been targeted.

The Tel Aviv regime has not commented on any of the assassinations, but as to the last one, it has already spilled the beans on itself as Fakhrizadeh had long been on Israel’s hit list.

Iranian government officials and military commanders have vowed harsh revenge against all those involved in the murder.

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