Arab Bank Civil Claims Over Attack Trimmed by U.S. Judge

September 12, 2012
Christie Smythe

A former Israeli public security official can’t pursue a claim in a lawsuit that Arab Bank Plc aided and abetted a Hamas-implicated attack, a judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein threw out a claim that Jordan’s largest bank specifically aided in the 2008 gunfire attack in Israel that wounded Mati Gill, an ex-aide to that country’s then-minister of public security, according to the decision filed today in federal court in New York. The judge said in his ruling that Gill failed to show the bank directly caused the attack

“The clear, present, and serious dangers now posed to the nation by terrorist acts cannot excuse a lack of due process in applying civil law,” Weinstein said in his 82-page ruling.

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