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Americans held in Iran during 444-day hostage crisis finally get compensation

A provision buried in a spending bill signed by President Obama last week will give up to $4.4 million to each of the 37 surviving hostages or the estates of 16 others who died in the years since their release. The sum works out to $10,000 for each day of their captivity and will come, in part, from a $9 billion penalty paid by the French bank BNP Paribas for violating sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan.

“Iran is not paying the money, but it’s as close as you can get,” said Thomas Lankford, an attorney who represented the former hostages and their families in a lengthy battle that continued even after the courts and the U.S. government repeatedly denied their requests for restitution. Lankford called the restitution “gratifying after a long, long time.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/americans-held-in-iran-during-444-day-hostage-crisis-finally-get-compensation/2015/12/24/c1054c2e-aa4b-11e5-bff5-905b92f5f94b_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_usiran-130pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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