Local

Saudi Arabia: No Evidence Shows It Had A Hand In 9/11 Attack

Saudi Arabia urged a judge Thursday to reject a New York lawsuit seeking to hold it responsible in the Sept. 11 attacks, saying a law passed by Congress that gave new life to the once-dismissed claims is not sufficient to overcome a lack of evidence.

Lawyers for Saudi Arabia wrote in papers filed in Manhattan federal court that Congress in its 2016 law removing some legal obstacles to the litigation “did not license plaintiffs to proceed against Saudi Arabia without plausible allegations and competent evidence to support their case.”

Fifteen of 19 men who hijacked four jets in the 2001 attacks were Saudis. Now-declassified documents show U.S. investigators investigated some Saudi diplomats and others with Saudi government ties who had contact with the hijackers after their U.S. arrival. The 9/11 Commission report found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” the attacks al-Qaida masterminded, but the commission also noted “the likelihood” that Saudi-government-sponsored charities did.

Lawyers for Saudi Arabia said recent court rulings made clear that “courts should give careful scrutiny to allegations and evidence before exercising jurisdiction over an action against a foreign sovereign. Plaintiffs’ claims cannot withstand that scrutiny, and so should once again be dismissed.”

A Vernon, New Jersey-based group representing Sept. 11 families and survivors said there is plenty of evidence for the judge to consider.

“The 9/11 victims’ families and survivors have submitted dozens of declassified FBI reports and affidavits regarding Saudi involvement in the attacks so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its high-priced lawyers are still trying to hide behind baseless procedural arguments,” said Terry Strada, national chair for the 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism.

She said the law was passed “to make sure the Saudis will finally be forced to address this case on its merits and we look forward to finally having our day in court.”

Hundreds of victims’ relatives and injured survivors, along with insurance companies and businesses, have filed numerous lawsuits seeking over $100 billion from numerous governmental and non-governmental defendants. Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida already have been found in default.

The lawsuits claim employees of the Saudi government directly and knowingly assisted the attack’s airplane hijackers and plotters and fueled al-Qaida’s development into a terrorist organization by funding charities that supported them.

(AP)

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Local

More in Local

dabebd5f2521ba2595df31ddf8f12b78.jpg

TEHILLIM: Frum Man Stabbed In Manhattan And In Critical Condition

adminApril 23, 2018

BH Lubavitch of Scotland

adminApril 23, 2018
58a25817598ca4a47098ea09e201d7f4.jpg

NEWS VIDEOS: Surveillance Footage Of Vicious Crown Heights Assault; Victims Says He Recited ‘Shema Yisroel’

adminApril 23, 2018
b85a78a29011d2e038f5207536d5022c.jpg

WATCH: NYPD Officers Save Life Of Elderly Tourist Who Went Into Cardiac Arrest

adminApril 23, 2018
f758a5d647acc087d4722e1d261f2d19.jpg

WATCH: NYPD Officers Save Life Of Elderly Tourist Who Went Into Cardiac Arrest

adminApril 23, 2018
df35b159f5314fa9d3799a1eb973f808.jpg

No Plans By Trump To Fire Mueller, Rosenstein: WH

adminApril 23, 2018
991bd56696d35c034405eec62259fec2.jpg

Judge Rules Toms River Must Allow Chabad House To Remain Open; Township To Pay $122K In Damages

adminApril 20, 2018
0638add054242ec71c08616b90878d7b.jpg

WATCH: Residents Frustrated With Vehicles Driving On Sidewalks In Boro Park

adminApril 20, 2018
1d5ac7fd1be78cae1ed710d88999385e.jpg

California Professor: Barbara Bush An ‘Amazing Racist’

adminApril 20, 2018