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The sister of a man arrested and tortured to death by the Islamic regime in Iran says the Iranian people love America and Americans and it hurt them when the Obama administration did nothing to help with a sprouting democracy movement there at the outset of his administration.
Nasrin Mohammadi was interviewed by WND about a pending lawsuit against the powers of Iran who jailed her brother, Akbar, for seven years, then killed him.
In two videos, she explains how the help sought by the Iranians, repressed under the mullahs of what was ancient Persia, never developed. The pro-democracy movement surged during the time of the Iranian elections, which took place shortly after Obama was elected.
The case in which she is a plaintiff against Iran and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is seeking $387 million in damages.
The claim recently was submitted by attorney Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch on behalf of members of the Mohammadi family, including Manouchehr, Reza, Simin and Nasrin.
"Iran is a state sponsor of terror that is performing acts of terrorism on citizens of its own country as well as the United States," Klayman wrote in a Memorandum on Damages under the Alien Tort Claims Act, the Torture Victim Protection Act and the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act.
He said, "The systematic imprisonment, torture, and extrajudicial killings being performed deserve nothing but the most extreme monetary punishment. Because the award of punitive damages comes from multiple plaintiffs with multiple causes of action an amount of $300 million is appropriate in this instance… The amount is enough to punish the defendants, who continue to imprison, torture, and murder their own citizens and others who they oppose to this day."
Klayman broke down the claim as $45 million for economic damages, $27 million for pain and suffering, "solatium damages," which are mental anguish damages, of $15 million, and the $300 million in punitive damages.
"This amount is nothing but a drop in the bucket for the world's second largest producer of oil and world's most prolific and dangerous designated terrorist state," Klayman noted.
He explained, "In cases such as this, the [court] analysis typically results in punitive damages in an amount three times Iran's annual expenditure on terrorism, or $300,000,000."
There was testimony submitted just weeks ago on the damages, since the defendants already are in default, having failed to respond to the court action.
The complaint charged Ahmadinejad, the nation's supreme leader, the Revolutionary Guard, and the Islamic Republic of Iran as a whole brutally tortured and murdered Akbar Mohammadi.
He was the first student leader to call for "regime change" in Iran as part of the so-called Green Revolution, Klayman said.
"Hopefully," Klayman said, "this trial will serve to wake up Americans and others to the threat of Islamic Iran to the civilized world, in order to have them demand that our government finally support the Iranian freedom movement by abandoning the administration's policy of appeasement, truly support Israel, and eliminate these neo-Nazi mullahs and their proxies, as the nation was forced to do with Adolf Hitler."
Testimony in the case was sought from former CIA Director Jim Woolsey, Iran experts Michael Ledeen and Ken Timmerman, and former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes.
"President Obama and his administration, rather than supporting freedom fighters like the Mohammadis and working for regime change (which would also eliminate Iran's nuclear threat), have turned a blind eye to these crimes against humanity and instead, like Neville Chamberlain with Hitler, have sought to appease the Islamic Republic of Iran. Now, justice will finally be done in an American courtroom," Klayman said.
The second part of Nasrin Mohammadi's video: (An additional three parts of the series are contained in a report to be published soon).
"He (Akbar) was not just a freedom or political activist," Nasrin Mohammadi explains. "I miss him today. I was so close to him."
The goal is to pull back the curtain on the atrocities imposed by the government in Iran, she said.
"I'm proud of him. He lost his life for his nation, for freedom and human rights," she said. "The regime took him to jail and arrested him. After serving seven years in jail, the regime took him in the dungeon of the jail and tortured him. He was killed under torture. He was chanting viva freedom."
She said the case will reveal to the world the terrorists in the Islamic regime.
Nasrin Mohammadi relates in her second video how her parents were told by the government to shut her up too, and she eventually left Iran entirely.
"We were expecting Mr. Obama to help the Iranian people. … but he hasn't," she said. "Mr. Obama, are you with us or are you with the mullahs? Yes. Mr. Obama is with the mullahs…"
WND reported earlier when Judge Beryl Howell scheduled the trial in the dispute on behalf of the Mohammadi family.
The case originated several years ago on behalf of Akbar and Manouchehr Mohammadi. They were two famous student leaders who were instrumental in kick-starting the freedom movement in Iran.
The students were imprisoned and tortured, and in Akbar's case, killed by the Islamic regime in Iran. Klayman said the case not only seeks compensation for the atrocities but, more importantly, justice for crimes against humanity.
Howell's earlier ruling said Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Sayid Ali Hoseyni Khamenei, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic Republic of Iran were in default.
Klayman said Iran is a "major threat" to the world peace, and it needs to be put in its place.
"In so doing, not only will the Persian people be freed from bondage and terror, but the nuclear threat will have been largely eliminated, and Israel and the West protected from the horrors of this regime," he said.