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6 Nov 2015

Otiato Guguyu, Daily Nation (Kenya)

Victims of 1998 Kenya terror attack file lawsuit in USA against BNP Paribas for alleged complicity

"Terror victims sue French bank over 1998 Nairobi attack"

A French bank has been accused in a lawsuit of playing a role in the financing of the embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. Sixty victims of the bombings and their families have sued BNP Paribas SA (BNPP) for $2.4 billion (Sh245 billion) compensation.

According to a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the survivors want BNPP and some of its subsidiaries that were used to transfer funds used by Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists in the planning and execution of the attack held to account. The bank circumvented US sanctions on Sudan, Iran and Cuba and lied to US law enforcement about its operations in those countries...

“The defendants…conspired together and with each other, with the government of Sudan, banks and other entities controlled by Sudan as well as with terrorist organisations operating in Sudan, including Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda, to intentionally and wilfully move millions of dollars through the US financial system on behalf of these sanctioned entities in violation of US sanctions laws…” the suit alleges.