US Iran hostages compensated decades after ordeal

A blindfolded US hostage is paraded by captors at the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 8, 1979The 53 Americans taken hostage in Iran in 1979 will finally get financial compensation that had eluded them for decades, after US lawmakers included a payment provision in sweeping spending legislation. Because the agreement that freed the hostages in January 1981 barred them from collecting restitution from the Iranian government, the victims spent decades unsuccessfully pursuing claims. “It’s been a long arduous, epic struggle,” attorney Thomas Lankford, who represents nearly all of the hostages and relatives, told AFP on Thursday, explaining that the funding will come from the penalties paid by companies that violated sanctions and conducted illegal business with Iran, North Korea, Syria and other nations.

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