Washington — A dozen Americans who were held hostage in Iran are seeking special compensation from the government for their ordeal. One lawyer says at least 12 of the hostages plan to press their claims during two days of hearings by the Presidential Commission on Hostage Compensation. The Hostages received back pay and tax breaks, but not compensation.
The US-Iranian agreement setting financial terms of the release of the 52 hostages precluded any claims against Iran. The panel was set up to study possible American claims against the United States. Federal lawsuits demanding compensation for 11 ho stages were turned down.