US judge clears Saudi Arabia in 9/11 lawsuit
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.