Govt seeks to end US law­suits over 9/11 at­tacks

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

Saudi Ara­bia has asked a US judge to dis­miss 25 law­suits filed against it in re­la­tion to its al­leged sup­port of the Septem­ber 11, 2001 at­tacks, court doc­u­ments filed late on Mon­day after­noon show.

In a fil­ing in US Dis­trict Court in Man­hat­tan, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Saudi Ara­bia claim the plain­tiffs - who rep­re­sent thou­sands of vic­tims who died and were in­jured in the at­tacks, as well as busi­nesses and in­sur­ers - can­not prove the Gulf king­dom sup­ported the al-Qaeda-af­fil­i­ated men who hi­jacked and crashed planes into New York’s World Trade Cen­ter, the Pen­tagon out­side Wash­ing­ton, and a Penn­syl­va­nia field. Nearly 3,000 peo­ple died in the at­tacks.

Saudi Ara­bia also claimed it de­serves sov­er­eign im­mu­nity.

Saudi Ara­bia’s lawyers in­tro­duced sev­eral ex­hibits which they say sup­port their claims. One such ex­hibit was an ex­ec­u­tive sum­mary from the CIA dated to 2005, which says there was no ev­i­dence that Saudi Ara­bia sup­ported the at­tack­ers.

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