Cabi­net con­cerned over JASTA

Arab and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Coun­cil warns

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said yes­ter­day the Cabi­net is mon­i­tor­ing (with much in­ter­est and con­cern) US Congress’ re­jec­tion of US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s veto against Jus­tice Against Spon­sors of Ter­ror­ism Act (JASTA). He said in a state­ment that the Cabi­net sees that JASTA is a source of ex­treme worry to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, where the rules of re­la­tions among the States have been es­tab­lished by the laws that are based on the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity and sovereign im­mu­nity.

He quoted the Cabi­net as stress­ing that the adop­tion of laws that vi­o­late such prin­ci­ples in breach of in­ter­na­tional law would neg­a­tively af­fect all world coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, and un­der­mine in­ter­na­tional ef­forts and co­op­er­a­tion against ter­ror­ism.

The Cabi­net fi­nally hoped that US Congress would re­think about this law in or­der to pre­clude its se­ri­ous ram­i­fi­ca­tions. JASTA was passed by US Congress last week. It cre­ates an ex­cep­tion to the sovereign im­mu­nity law in­tro­duced in 1976, al­low­ing Amer­i­cans to sue for­eign coun­tries for acts of ter­ror­ism that kill Amer­i­cans on US soil.

Mean­while, Arab and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Coun­cil has warned against the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions of a re­cently ap­proved US bill which al­lows the fam­i­lies of 9/11 vic­tims to sue Saudi Ara­bia for dam­ages. The Coun­cil said in a state­ment, at the con­clu­sion of its 6th meet­ing Tues­day, that the 9/11 bill will cre­ate a ju­di­cial “mess” for the US Govern­ment and its peo­ple.

The bill over­rides sovereign im­mu­nity law that pro­tects na­tions from any civil suit or crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion. The Coun­cil called on the US Congress to rec­tify the bill which has been chal­lenged by many in­ter­na­tional blocs such as the Euro­pean Union, Asean, the African Union and the Arab League. JASTA was passed by US Congress last week. It cre­ates an ex­cep­tion to the sovereign im­mu­nity law in­tro­duced in 1976, al­low­ing Amer­i­cans to sue for­eign coun­tries for acts of ter­ror­ism that kill Amer­i­cans on US soil. The Arab In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil was es­tab­lished in Kuwait in 2009 as an independent non-profit Arab or­ga­ni­za­tion. — Agen­cies

Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah

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