American victims of Iranian-backed terror attacks can seize Iranian bank accounts in order to pay off more than $9.4 million in damages awarded to these victims, according to a recent ruling by a California-based U.S. Court of Appeals.

The court ruled late last week in a landmark decision against appeals by the Iranian government. The ruling paves the way for other U.S. terror victims to sue the Islamic Republic for terror acts, according to the court ruling.

The case concerned a 1997 suicide bombing in Israel that wounded several American citizens. Iran was found guilty of sponsoring the terror attack and was initially held liable for it by a U.S. court in 2013.

Iran appealed that decision, which ordered the country to pay $9.4 million in damages, arguing that the assets in question could not be touched due to a 2012 Obama administration order blocking access to Iranian property and other interests held in the United States.

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