US court dismisses Holocaust survivors’ case against Vatican
Catholic World News - January 04, 2010
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Holocaust survivors cannot sue the Vatican’s bank, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), in US courts. The survivors allege that the IOR received and laundered assets stolen from Jews by the Nazi-backed Ustasha regime in Croatia during the Holocaust.
"In defending the lawsuit, the IOR did not challenge the allegations of the plaintiffs that they had suffered terrible losses at the hands of the Ustasha," said attorney Jeffrey Lena of Berkeley, who represented the Vatican’s bank. "Rather the challenge was simply to the jurisdiction of US courts over the IOR."
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