U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth on Wednesday ordered (PDF) Sprint Nextel Corp. to pay more than $610,000 it owes to an Iranian state telecommunications agency directly to the families of victims of a 1996 terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia.

The families, plaintiffs in a civil action against Iran for its alleged involvement in the attack, have been trying unsuccessfully since 2006 to collect a more than $591 million default judgment.

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