A decision by a judge in Ontario, Canada to order the seizure of over $7m. worth of Iranian bank accounts and properties to compensate terror victims was scarcely reported this week – even when Iran blasted the ruling as “illegal.”
The original report, which appeared last week on the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)’s website, said the judge had ordered Iran to forfeit the assets to victims of terror groups it bankrolled, such as Hezbollah and Palestinian militant groups.
The decision was described in the report as a “groundbreaking victory” enabling terror survivors and victims’ families to receive damages for their ordeals. The assets, the report said, were being used by Iran despite being registered under Canadian front companies.
Iran, of course, was quick to blast the ruling. The Tasnim news agency called “allegations” that Iran was bankrolling terror groups “fabricated,” adding that the judge’s decision was “politically motivated” and contravened international regulations concerning diplomatic properties (in fact, the Canadian court ruled there was “overwhelming” evidence the properties were used for non-diplomatic purposes).
An overview of this week’s reports on the matter revealed a paucity of articles on the historic ruling itself and a handful of reports on Iran’s reaction to it – for example, a lengthy report on The Algemeiner, which noted one of the properties was linked to the Revolutionary Guards, and several articles on The National.
While a Chicago ruling decreeing Persian artifacts cannot be used to compensate survivors of attacks received widespread coverage this week, Canada’s bold move stayed on the sidelines.