Saudi Arabia says there’s no proof indicating that it funded 9/11 attacks

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia asked a Manhattan judge that it be dismissed from 25 lawsuits filed on behalf of the families of the thousands of 9/11 victims, claiming that there is no proof that the terrorists had connections to the Saudi government. Also, Riyadh is insisting that it deserves sovereign immunity from prosecution.
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Riyadh has requested that it be dismissed from 25 lawsuits filed on behalf of the families of the thousands of 9/11 victims, claiming that there is no proof that the terrorists had connections to the Saudi government. Moreover, the Arab country is claiming that it deserves sovereign immunity from prosecution. The lawsuits assert that Saudi Arabia helped plan the massive terror attack and therefore should be held accountable and pay compensations to the victims. The Saudi request was filed at a U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday.

About a year ago, the US Congress released 28 pages from a report about the 9/11 attacks. The declassified papers revealed that several of the hijackers had ties to the Saudi government. “This is good news,” said Attorney Jerry Goldman, who is representing some of the victims’ families, at the time. “Information hidden for more than a decade is finally coming to light.”

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“It is going to increase the questioning of the Saudis’ role supporting the hijackers,” said the head of the board that conducted the investigation, Senator Bob Graham. “I think of this almost as the 28 pages are sort of the cork in the wine bottle. And once it’s out, hopefully, the rest of the wine itself will start to pour out.”

The Saudi government requested several times that the papers be published so that it can respond to the allegations, all of which it claims are false. “We have been saying since 2003 that these papers need to be published,” said the Communications Department head of the Saudi Embassy. “They will prove to everyone that there isn’t anything there.”

Riyadh has denied its alleged involvement on several occasions over the years since the attacks.



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