US jury blames PLO for attacks

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Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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A US jury has decided that Palestinian authorities should be held responsible for terrorist attacks in Israel that killed or wounded Americans.

Jurors also awarded the victims 218.5 million US dollars (£141.3 million) in damages.

The jury reached the decision at a civil trial in federal court in Manhattan. The US Anti-Terrorism Act could allow for that award to be tripled.

The plaintiffs sued the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Palestinian Authority in 2004 under the US Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows victims of US-designated foreign terrorist organisations to seek compensation.

The plaintiffs said internal documents showed that Palestinian authorities sanctioned six attacks from 2002 to 2004 that harmed 10 American families. Defence lawyers argued that the attackers acted on their own.

Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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