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(Studio) Supreme Court decision upholding legality of President Carter's deal with Iran for hostage release reported Ruling interpreted. Fin. aspects noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Details of decision given. January 20, 1981, film of Carter at White House shown. Los Angeles company, Dames and Moore, said to have refused to relinquish Iranian assets it had attached in United States and sued to block release to Iran of frozen assets in US. Necessity of claimants' going to international claims tribunal noted. Court's doubt that all claims will be paid noted in William Rehnquist delineation of decision. [Lawyer for Iran Thomas SHACK - says Iran will fulfill obligations.] [Former White House cnsl. Lloyd CUTLER - doubts United States taxpayers will be stuck.] [Dames and Moore Robert PERRY - believes hostage agreement should not be honored, as made under duress.] Scenes of hostage return shown. Agreement noted denying hostages right to sue. Suit said filed anyhow today. If hostages can't sue Iran, possibility of their suing United States government for surrendering their right of suit against Iran cited.
REPORTER: Carl Stern, Artist: Art Lien
- Chancellor, John;
- Stern,, Carl
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