March 29, 2018
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Saudi Arabian government’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of financing Al Qaeda and sponsoring the 9/11 attacks.
The lawsuit demands Saudi Arabia pays billions of dollars in damages to the families of people who died in the attack that killed more than 3,000 people. The Saudis filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that U.S. courts lack jurisdiction over their alleged actions overseas.
But U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan ruled that the lawsuit may proceed, citing the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which Congress passed by overruling a veto by President Barack Obama, who opposed the law because of the possibility U.S. troops and other government entities could be exposed to lawsuits in other nations.
Daniels also based his ruling on the plaintiffs’ deposition of Zacarias Moussaoui, an Al Queda operative currently serving six life sentences in U.S. federal prison for his role in the 9/11 attacks.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:36 am