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Courtesy of JTA Photo credit: Behrouz Mehri 

Daniel Levinson shows a picture of his father, ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, holding his grandson Ryan during a press conference with his mother Christine at the Swiss embassy in Tehran, December 22, 2007.

(JTA) — Iran has been ordered to pay one point forty five billion dollars to the family of Robert Levinson, the Jewish former FBI agent who went missing 13 years ago in Iran and is now believed to be dead.

The U.S. District Court in Washington ordered Iran to pay Levinson’s family One point thirty five billion dollars in punitive damages and one hundred and seven million dollars in compensatory damages for his kidnapping, The Associated Press reported.

The ruling by Judge Timothy J. Kelly was published on October 8th. The lawsuit, filed in March, 2017, seeks unspecified damages from Iran, in part for inflicting emotional distress on Levinson’s wife and seven children.

Levinson, of Coral Springs, Florida, who was also a private investigator and a part-time consultant for the CIA, was 58 when he disappeared in 2007 on Iran’s Kish Island what was later revealed to be a rogue CIA operation.

The family announced in March that Levinson had died in Iranian custody after receiving corroborating evidence from U.S. officials. They said his death came prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

The court cited the case of American Jewish college student Otto Warmbier, who died in 2017 shortly after being freed from captivity in North Korea, in explaining its decision to award such a large amount of money to Levinson’s family, according to the AP.

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