[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18365-18366]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06874]


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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Foreign Claims Settlement Commission


Commencement of Iraq Claims Adjudication Program

AGENCY: Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the commencement by the Foreign Claims 
Settlement Commission (``Commission'') of a program for adjudication of 
a certain category of claims of United States nationals against the 
Government of Iraq, as defined below, which were settled under the 
``Claims Settlement Agreement Between the Government of the United 
States of America and the Government of the Republic of Iraq,'' dated 
September 2, 2010 (``Claims Settlement Agreement'').

DATES: These claims can now be filed with the Commission and the 
deadline for filing will be June 26, 2013. The deadline for completion 
of this claims adjudication program will be March 26, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian M. Simkin, Chief Counsel, 
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 600 E Street NW., Room 6002, 
Washington, DC 20579, Tel. (202) 616-6975, FAX (202) 616-6993.

Notice of Commencement of Claims Adjudication Program, and of Program 
Completion Date

    Pursuant to the authority conferred upon the Secretary of State and 
the Commission under section 4(a)(1)(C) of Title I of the International 
Claims Settlement Act of 1949, as amended (22 U.S.C. 1623(a)(1)(C)), 
the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission hereby gives notice of the 
commencement of a program for adjudication of a category of claims of 
United States nationals against the Government of Iraq. These claims, 
which have been referred to the Commission by the Department of State 
by letter dated November 14, 2012, are defined as:

claims of U.S. nationals for compensation for serious personal 
injuries knowingly inflicted upon them by Iraq \1\ in addition to 
amounts already recovered under the Claims Settlement Agreement for 
claims of hostage-taking \2\ provided that (1) the claimant has 
already received compensation under the Claims Settlement Agreement 
from the Department of State \3\ for his or her claim of hostage-
taking, and such compensation did not include economic loss based on 
a judgment against Iraq, and (2) the Commission determines that the 
severity of the serious personal injury suffered is a special 
circumstance warranting additional compensation. For purposes of 
this referral, ``serious personal injury'' may include instances of 
serious physical, mental, or emotional injury arising from sexual 
assault, coercive interrogation, mock execution, or aggravated 
physical assault.

    \1\ For purposes of this referral, ``Iraq'' shall mean the 
Republic of Iraq, the Government of the Republic of Iraq, any agency 
or instrumentality of the Republic of Iraq, and any official, 
employee or agent of the Republic of Iraq acting within the scope of 
his or her office, employment or agency.
    \2\ Hostage-taking, in this instance, would include unlawful 
detention by Iraq that resulted in an inability to leave Iraq or 
Kuwait after Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990.
    \3\ The payment already received by the claimant under the 
Claims Settlement Agreement compensated the claimant for his or her 
experience for the entire duration of the period in which the 
claimant was held hostage or was subject to unlawful detention and 
encompassed physical, mental, and emotional injuries generally 
associated with such captivity or detention.
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    In conformity with the terms of the referral, the Commission will 
determine the claims in accordance with the provisions of Title I of 
the International Claims Settlement Act of 1949, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 
1621 et seq. The Commission will then certify to the Secretary of the 
Treasury those claims that it finds to be valid, for payment out of the 
claims fund established under the Claims Settlement Agreement.
    The Commission will administer this claims adjudication program in 
accordance with its regulations, which are published in Chapter V of 
Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 500 et seq.). In 
particular, attention is directed to 45 CFR 500.3(a), which limits the 
amount of attorney's fees that may be charged for legal representation 
before the Commission pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 1623(f). These regulations 
are also available at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html.
    Approval has been obtained from the Office of Management and Budget 
for the collection of this information.

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Approval No. 1105-0098, expiration date March 31, 2016.

Brian M. Simkin,
Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2013-06874 Filed 3-25-13; 8:45 am]
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