More than eight hundred people, victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the relatives of the victims, filed a lawsuit in Federal court in Manhattan. The defendant in this case named the government of Saudi Arabia.
About it reports on Tuesday, March 21, Buzzfeed.
The case approved for trial within the framework approved by the Congress of a law called «Justice against sponsors of terrorism», which allows individuals to sue a foreign government for alleged involvement in terrorism. Previously, the law was vetoed by President Obama, but in September 2016 American Parliament abolished the veto – the first time for the entire period of the reign of the 44th President of the United States.
When this bill was introduced in the Senate, the government of Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell all American assets owned by the country, totaling $ 750 billion. After the act was passed by Congress, Riyadh has warned of «disastrous» consequences of this step.
In the lawsuit, which occupies 194 pages, 135 of them lists the names of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and members of their families and people injured. They demand financial compensation from the Saudi authorities, which is charged with financial and logistical support of the terrorist organization al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for this tragedy.
According to plaintiffs, the number of public charities and government agencies of Saudi Arabia maintained relations with the leader of the terrorists of Osama bin Laden. In addition, the country is officially governed by the laws of Islam and spends its money on promoting the most extreme forms of the religion in the middle East.
Recall that 15 of the terrorists of 9/11 were citizens of Saudi Arabia. According to unconfirmed reports received as a result of the U.S. Congress, investigation, the terrorists had received assistance from officials connected with Riyadh. In Saudi Arabia these suspicions categorically rejected
The lawsuit also says that the Saudi government was aware that at least three of the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were associated with «al-Qaeda» – their passports contained a secret code, what the White house was not informed.
«Saudi Arabia is a duplicitous state. In dealing with the USA and other Western countries, she argues that it is fighting terrorism and «al-Qaeda», and with another – provides significant material support and resources to al-Qaida, say the plaintiffs. They are convinced that, without Saudi help, the attacks of 9/11 would be impossible.
«The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is liable to the plaintiffs for all damages, injuries and death resulting from attacks of 11 September,» this is the main conclusion contained in the statement of claim.