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KAMRAN MASHAYEKHI v. IRAN

June 10, 1981

Kamran MASHAYEKHI and Claudia Mashayekhi, Plaintiffs,
v.
IRAN, and Iran National Radio and Television, Defendants



The opinion of the court was delivered by: GESELL

MEMORANDUM

This is a civil action for damages brought pursuant to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act ("FSIA").

 The issue now presented on defendants' motion to dismiss is whether an Iranian citizen can invoke that Act to recover money allegedly due him under his former employment contract with an instrumentality of the Iranian Government for work done in the United States. The motion to dismiss attacks the jurisdiction of the Court and asserts, in the alternative, that defendants are immune from suit.

 Plaintiff Kamran Mashayekhi *fn1" formerly worked as Bureau Chief of the Washington, D.C., office of Iran National Radio and Television, now known as Voice and Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran. National Radio and Television operated as part of the Iranian Bureau of Information under a budget established by the government. It performed informational and propaganda services from the United States. As an arm of the Iranian government it developed radio and television coverage of activities in the United States and transmitted the material for use in Iran on the nationally controlled radio and television network. Dissemination in Iran was effected in accordance with official policy. On occasion, the agency made available to American media materials from Iran. With the fall of the Shah, plaintiff's employment ceased and he went into hiding in this country. His claim is for salary, benefits, and advances not ...


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