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CASE NAME:Joseph Cicippio v. Islamic Republic of Iran
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Joseph Cicippio, David Jacobson, Elham Cicippio
ALL DEFENDANTS:Islamic Republic of Iran
CITATION:1993 WL 730748 (D.D.C. 1993)
DOCKET NUMBER:Civ. A. No. 92-2300
SOURCE:Westlaw
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Thomas Jackson
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YEAR OF VERDICT:1993
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:District of Columbia
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
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CASE CATEGORIZATION:Claimed to be trafficked as commodities for ransom.
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FIRST CLAIM:Damages under the "commercial activity" exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA) for being held in captivity for 2 and 5 years.
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976, 28 U.S.C. § 1330 et seq.
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Judgment
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:30 F.3d 164, 308 U.S.App.D.C. 102 (D.C.Cir. Jul 29, 1994) (NO. 93-7047)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:
Plaintiffs were kidnapped by Iranian agents in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1985-86 and held in captivity for five and two years. Plaintiffs sued Iran to recover damages, asserting that Iran waived its immunity under the FSIA because it regards hostages as articles of commerce by trading them for military supplies, money or financial concessions. The Court held that the activity did not qualify as "commercial activity" under the FSIA exception. The Court did not decide Iran's actions were "human trafficking."

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