Jueves, 23 Marcha, 2017

Families of Hundreds of 9/11 Victims Sue Government of Saudi Arabia

9/11 Families Sue Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Wants Trump to Drop 9/11 Terror Victims Law
Eleena Tovar | 21 Marcha, 2017, 00:58

Despite his growing relationship with the kingdom, however, Trump was a vocal proponent of Jasta and even called Obama's veto of the bill "shameful" and "one of the low points of his presidency" previous year, making any newfound opposition a significant reversal on his part.

The lawsuits began rushing into the courts after September 28, when Congress overrode Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, which provided an exemption to the legal principle of sovereign immunity so families could take the Saudi government to court. It was initially vetoed by President Obama, who said it could hurt USA partnerships around the world. Congress overrode the veto.

The lawsuit required 135 pages to name those who died in the attack and their family members, as well as survivors who were injured.

The suit, which doesn't specify damages, alleges that the money and support were channeled through nine Saudi government-supported charities - including the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Saudi government adopted an extreme form of Islam as its state religion and spent money across the Middle East to promote it, the lawsuit said.

Such activities would include Saudi government officers assisting Al Qaeda hijackers by "providing them with money, cover, advice, contacts, transportation, assistance with language and USA culture, identification, access to pilot training", according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by NBC.

A representative of Saudi Arabia's embassy in Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A lawsuit filed in Manhattan court last week accuses the government of Saudi Arabia of "knowingly providing material support and resources to the al Qaeda terror organization and facilitating the September 11th attacks".

The 9/11 attacks couldn't have happened without Saudi Arabian assistance, the lawsuit continues.

The Saudi government "actively supported al Qaeda in its final preparations for the September 11th Attacks through a network of the Kingdom's officers, employees and/or agents who met with and aided the hijackers, providing them with money, cover, advice, contacts, transportation, assistance with language and USA culture, identification, access to pilot training and other material support and resources", the suit claims.