Iran ordered to pay £1.12bn to family of Jewish ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson
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Iran ordered to pay £1.12bn to family of Jewish ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson

Lawsuit filed in March, 2017 seeks unspecified damages from Iran, in part for inflicting emotional distress on Robert Levinson's wife and seven children.

Iran has been ordered to pay £1.12bn ($1.45 billion) to the family of Robert Levinson, the Jewish former FBI agent who went missing 13 years ago in Iran and is now believed to be dead.

The U.S. District Court in Washington ordered Iran to pay Levinson’s family £1.04bn ($1.35 billion) in punitive damages and £82m ($107 million) in compensatory damages for his kidnapping, The Associated Press reported.

The ruling by Judge Timothy J. Kelly was published on Thursday. The lawsuit, filed in March, 2017, seeks unspecified damages from Iran, in part for inflicting emotional distress on Levinson’s wife and seven children.

Levinson, of Coral Springs, Florida, who was also a private investigator and a part-time consultant for the CIA, was 58 when he disappeared in 2007 on Iran’s Kish Island what was later revealed to be a rogue CIA operation.

The family announced in March that Levinson had died in Iranian custody after receiving corroborating evidence from U.S. officials. They said his death came prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

The court cited the case of American Jewish college student Otto Warmbier, who died in 2017 shortly after being freed from captivity in North Korea, in explaining its decision to award such a large amount of money to Levinson’s family, according to the AP.

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