Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia Flow Into Federal Court Under 2016 Law
- Author: Adam Floyd Mar 25, 2017,
Mar 25, 2017, 0:36
The papers claim Saudi Arabia raised and laundered money to support al Qaeda activities, funded terrorist training camps "where al Qaeda taught their hijackers the skills they used to carry out the september 11 attacks", and actively supported al Qaeda in its final preparations. While Riyadh has blasted the allegations of governmental cooperation with terrorists as false, leaked emails between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and confidante John Podesta revealed that Clinton identified Saudi Arabia and Qatar as "financial" and "logistical" backers of Daesh.
This lawsuit has followed years of USA intelligence findings and disclosures that were gathered up and released last year in the declassified "28 Pages" report.
"9/11 could not have happened without Saudi Arabia's support for al Qaeda", CNN cited Jim Kreindler, attorney and co-chairman of the plaintiffs' committee as saying.
The lawsuit is being amended to include local residents and office workers who have been exposed to carcinogens in the aftermath of the attack.
The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages. The lawsuit asserts that "the September 11th Attacks could not have occurred absent the knowing and substantial assistance provided to al-Qaida by Saudi Arabia, and those attacks and resulting injuries and deaths were a natural, probable and reasonably foreseeable outcome of Saudi Arabia's conduct".
Washington, DCA new law on state sponsored terrorism may soon allow relatives of people killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged ties to the terror attacks.According to McClatchyDC, relatives of the 9/11 victims fought Washington and several federal judges in court for more than 14 years for the right to sue Saudi Arabia and the Royal Family in Riyadh.More news: 1 seed Gonzaga readies to turn back Northwestern's Cinderella bid
The September 11 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of strikes in the U.S. which killed almost 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers involved in the attacks were Saudi nationals, Raw Story noted. The findings, which were made partially public in July, did find indirect ties via a company associated with the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the USA, but no conclusive link was reportedly established between the Saudi Arabian government and the events of 9/11.
But last fall, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act permitting such lawsuits to proceed.
Retired FDNY Fire Chief James Riches, who responded to Ground Zero and lost his firefighter son to the September 11 attacks, explained the importance of the suit to answer survivors' questions.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia directly funded al-Qaeda, the lawyer said.
Those pages indicate that several actors within the Saudi government had connections to the hijackers.