US judge clears Saudi Ara­bia in 9/11 law­suit

Daily Trust - - WORLD -

A US judge has dis­missed Saudi Ara­bia as a de­fen­dant in law­suits brought by fam­i­lies of vic­tims of the 9/11 at­tacks.

The judge said there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence link­ing the gulf coun­try to the 2001 at­tacks, which killed nearly 3,000 peo­ple.

Among the ev­i­dence dis­missed were claims by one man in cus­tody that a Saudi prince helped fi­nance the plot.

Of the 19 men be­hind the at­tacks, 15 were cit­i­zens of Saudi Ara­bia.

Judge Ge­orge Daniels wrote that lawyers did not show suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to over­come Saudi Ara­bia’s sov­er­eign im­mu­nity.

He also cleared the Saudi High Com­mis­sion for Re­lief of Bos­nia & Herze­gov­ina, say­ing that the char­ity is cov­ered as well by Saudi Ara­bia’s sov­er­eign im­mu­nity.

Re­cently, an in­mate in US cus­tody, Zacarias Mous­saoui, claimed that a Saudi prince had helped fi­nance the at­tack that flew pas­sen­ger planes into the World Trade Cen­ter in New York and the Pen­tagon in Vir­ginia.

Lawyers for Saudi Ara­bia ar­gued that the re­port did not im­pli­cate the Saudi gov­ern­ment or in­di­vid­ual Saudi of­fi­cials.

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