Boeing hit with lawsuit over Iran airliner deal

by WorldTribune Staff, June 19, 2016

An Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO) said it will sue Boeing if it proceeds with the sale of its airplanes to Iran.

Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin) on June 16 said it will place liens on any Boeing sales to Iran.

Iran plans to buy 100 aircraft from Boeing.
Iran plans to buy 100 aircraft from Boeing.

The NGO, which represents the families of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism who are owed billions of dollars in unsatisfied U.S. court judgments, says Iran needs to pay the families before it can purchase the planes.

On June 14, Iran announced an agreement in principle with Boeing for the purchase of 100 aircraft. The deal is subject to final U.S. government approval and several U.S. congressmen have voiced their opposition, saying the aircraft could end being used to transport Iranian troops, weapons and cash to support terrorism.

Shurat HaDin stressed that the nuclear deal the U.S. and world powers signed with Iran, which lifted many sanctions, “did not extinguish American judgments held by the terrorism victims it represents,” which means the NGO can serve liens on anything Iran purchases.

“It is shocking that a company like Boeing would enter into a business deal with the outlaw regime in Teheran,” Shurat HaDin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said.

Darshan-Leitner noted Iran’s support for Hamas and Hizbullah and said that “the unsatisfied federal court judgments being held by the victims of Iranian terror amount to many billions of dollars, and these must be paid off.”

No comment was available from Boeing.