Iranian Regime Front Group Suffers Significant Loss in US Courts

The people of Iran know Trita Parsi.
It is no secret that he is thought to be a lackey for the regime.

This cartoon is from Iran Press News back in 2008. In the cartoon Ayatollah Khamenei says to Trita Parsi: “Go tell them that human rights the islamic version is better.”

Recently a D.C. District Court ordered a huge penalty against Parsi and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) for perpetrating abuses against Hassan Daioleslam. Hassan was sued by NIAC for outing Iranian regime friends and supporters.
Now NIAC will pay.
The Legal Project reported:

Seeking to “hit him hard,” the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and acting president Trita Parsi brought a frivolous defamation lawsuit against a critic. Now they face a $183,480.09 fine to his legal defense.

On April 8th D.C. District Court Judge John D. Bates ordered this huge penalty because of the abuses which NIAC and Parsi’s perpetrated for over two years during discovery (pre-trial phase where parties exchange evidence) in their nuisance suit brought against Hassan Daioleslam, an Iranian immigrant and editor of the Iranian American Forum.

Mr. Daioleslam’s 2007 writings had exposed NIAC and Parsi’s illicit public relation campaign on behalf of Tehran. In April, 2008 Parsi and NIAC filed Trita Parsi and National Iranian American Council v. Seid Hassan Daioleslam against Mr. Daioleslam. In their defamation suit, Parsi and NIAC alleged that Mr. Daioleslam’s investigative research and writings portrayed them in a false light.

The Legal Project, an activity of the Middle East Forum which works to protect the right in the West to freely discuss Islamist terrorism and other related issues, coordinated Mr. Daioleslam’s pro bono representation by Sidley Austin LLP. Leading Mr. Daioleslam’s defense, Senior Litigation Partner Timothy Kapshandy requested an array of documents and schedules from NIAC and Parsi to establish that Mr. Daioleslam’s work was merited. This phase of the litigation lasted over two years and was delayed by Parsi and other NIAC staff’s deliberate abuses.

The final outcome of this case is a major victory. Parsi and NIAC’s predatory lawsuit against Mr. Hassan Daioleslam was initiated on their part in order to not only harass Mr. Daioleslam, but also intimidate anyone else from scrutinizing their operation. Parsi and NIAC never expected Mr. Daioleslam to mount any defense. Yet in the end not only did Mr. Daioleslam defense have Parsi and NIAC’s lawsuit thrown out, it also exposed Parsi and NIAC’s illicit lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime in greater scope.


Parsi and NIAC’s defeat not only destroyed their credibility, it also brought a great financial penalty. Due to their blatant illegal misconduct during the trial, Parsi and NIAC were fined $183,480.09 by the court to be paid to Mr. Daioleslam’s legal defense. This outcome is a major victory for American jurisprudence, the First Amendment and our national security.

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