Dr. Aaron Lerner 8 June 2007
Dr. Stuart Ditchek reports that the lawsuit he filed against Syria for the
unlawful imprisonment of Zachary Baumel (see below) was decided against
Syria by default as Syria offered no defense.
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Case No. 1:06 -CV-00682-RMC
Title of Legal Proceedings: ZACHARY BAUMEL., by his next friend Stuart
Ditchek etc, vs. Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al Assad etc.
Judge Rosemary M. Collyer
Deck Type: General civil
Family of Captive American Citizen To File Suit Against Syrian Government
for Illegal Imprisonment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, N.Y., December 16, 2005 - Stuart H. Ditchek, MD has announced that a lawsuit on behalf of Zachary Baumel will be filed in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia against the government of Syria and its agents. The suit is being brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act that provides for an exception to the immunity from lawsuits that most foreign governments enjoy. The Act allows United States citizens to sue certain foreign governments that support and aid terrorist activities and hold them civilly liable for certain criminal acts. It will allege that the government of Syria is responsible for the illegal imprisonment of Zachary Baumel since his capture during a battle along the Lebanese-Syrian-Israeli border on June 11, 1982. Zachary Baumel is a dual American-Israeli citizen who was serving in the Israeli army at the time of his capture.
The suit will be filed by Dr. Ditchek on Baumel's behalf with the cooperation of Zachary's aging parents, Yona and Miriam, who are also United States citizens. The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act has been used in past years to successfully obtain judgments against countries that support terrorist activities and recover damages from the government of Iran for acts resulting in injury, death, kidnapping and illegal imprisonment. The attorney for Zachary Baumel who is responsible for the legal action is Daniel J. Scher of the law firm Scher & Scher, P.C. in New York who will be working with District of Columbia counsel.
The Syrian ambassador to the United States, Imad Mustapha has been notified via his ommunications officer at the Syrian Embassy in Washington of the impending lawsuit.
Dr. Stuart H. Ditchek is the founder of The Committee for the Release of Zachary Baumel, as well as a lifelong friend of Zack's.
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