MONTREAL, July 7 /CNW/ -- Canadian victims of Hizbollah terror attacks
have filed an unprecedented civil action in the Quebec Superior Court (docket
number 500-17-043962-086) against the Lebanese-Canadian Bank (LCB) in
Montreal. The plaintiffs, all of whom were injured in Northern Israel in
Katyusha rocket attacks, allege that LCB unlawfully provided financial
services to the Hizbollah terrorist organization by allowing charity groups
affiliated with Hizbollah to transfer funds prior to and during the attacks on
Israeli cities in 2006.
The law suit contends that since 2004, LCB permitted the Yousser Company
for Finance and Investment and the Martyrs Foundation, two Lebanese terrorist
groups, to open and maintain accounts and to freely transfer many millions of
dollars of Hizbollah funds and to carry out millions of dollars in financial
transactions, within and without Lebanon, by means of wire transfers, letters
of credit, checks and credit cards provided by LCB. LCB, it is charged,
facilitated Hizbollah's terrorist activities and is liable to the plaintiffs
for the harm that has been inflicted upon them and their families in the
This is the first civil action brought by Canadian victims of Hizbollah's
rocket attacks in a Canadian court.
The plaintiffs are Sara Yefet, Shoshana Sapir and Rochelle and Oz Shalmani
The families are represented by attorney lawyer Jeffrey Boro of Montreal,
Professor Ed Morgan of the University of Toronto's International Law and
Counter-Terrorism Project and attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Israel.
Hizbollah used the financial services which it was provided by LCB in
order to build its terrorist infrastructure, to train, pay and equip its
terrorist operatives, and to carry out terrorist attacks. LCB's management and
employees had full knowledge that Yousser and Martyrs are part of Hizbollah's
financial arm and that the financial services were being provided to
Hizbollah, a violent terrorist organization
Both Yousser and Martyrs have been designated by the U.S. Treasury as
terrorist organizations. The fact that the two groups are part of Hizbollah's
financial arm is notorious public knowledge in Lebanon.
According to attorney Darshan-Leitner: "LCB knew that both charities are
part of Hizbollah's financial arm and that by providing them banking services
they were really assisting the Iranian backed terrorists in Lebanon perpetuate
their rocket attacks against civilians. This law suit is only the beginning
of the uncovering of Hizbollah's extensive financial network in Canada."
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