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Families Sue Saudi Arabia in Terror Attacks

Families Sue Saudi Arabia in Terror Attacks

"This lawsuit demonstrates. the families are never going to give up until we establish that Saudi Arabia is accountable", said lawyer Jim Kreindler.

According to the suit, several "charity" groups controlled by the Saudi government were being used by senior Saudi officials, including diplomats, and al-Qaida operatives to maneuver millions of dollars through a web of channels to the al-Qaida terrorists from the moment they arrived in the U.S. until they carried out the 9/11 attacks.

Like other recent actions, the lawsuit filed Monday capitalizes on last year's decision by Congress to let victims sue Saudi Arabia.

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In 2015, U.S. District Judge George Daniels dismissed claims against the kingdom from September 11 families, saying he did not have jurisdiction over a sovereign nation.

Last year, Congress passed a law that says no nation is allowed to conspire to carry out acts of terror against Americans on USA soil.

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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry said at the time that the new law "unintentionally, I think... puts our country at great risk", while Mr Obama warned that it "set a unsafe precedent", allowing the US to be open to lawsuits from people in other countries who have been affected by US foreign policy. A commission set up by the USA government to investigate found no evidence that the Saudi government directly funded al Qaeda but left open the possibility that individual officials did so.

Fifteen of the 19 plane hijackers in the September 11 attacks were Saudi nationals. Just six months after former President Barack Obama fiercely opposed allowing the law to be enacted and Congress went against his wishes, the lawsuits have been rolling in.

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.

The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages. They state that the codes were discovered on the passports of at least three of the 9/11 terrorists.

A representative for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia could not be reached for comment on Monday evening.


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