FAMILIES of 9/11 victims look to seize Iran assets in Britain. 

So, an English court has cleared the way to consider whether it will allow the families of some of those killed in the Sept, 11, 2001 attacks on the United States to make a claim on Iranian assets in Britain.

The relatives want the English High Court to enforce a 2012 decision by a U.S. court which found there was evidence to show that Iran  provided ''material support and resources to al Qaeda for acts of terrorism''. The militant group carried out the attacks.

The New York Court awarded the plaintiffs damages of over $7 billion. Iran denies any links to  AL Qaeda or any involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

If the English court agrees to enforce the ruling, it could clear the way for assets in England and Wales to be frozen or seized .

Iranian assets in England include a central London building and funds held by two subsidiaries of  state-owned banks. This could add to Tehran's troubles as it tries to stave off a financial crisis.

The June 8 ruling by a judge after hearing in the English High Court removed removed an obstacle that was holding up the process.

The law required the U.K's Foreign Office [FCO] to formally serve the legal papers to Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [MFA] before the enforcement proceedings can begin.

A British official said it was routinely difficult to delivers papers to the MFA, according to FCO correspondence seen by Reuters.

An FCO official declined to comment.

The judge ruled it was sufficient to try to notify them through other communication such as email or post.

The Honor and Serving of the latest updated version as the case unfolds will continue.


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