More crit­ics of 9/11 law

Back­lash over Congress bill grows

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Two Mid­dle Eastern or­gan­i­sa­tions have added their voices to the back­lash over a de­ci­sion by the US Congress to ap­prove a bill that could see the rel­a­tives of 9/11 vic­tims sue Saudi Ara­bia.

The Mus­lim World League and In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mus­lim Schol­ars yes­ter­day voiced con­cern over the Jus­tice Against Spon­sors of Ter­ror­ism Act ( JASTA), which was passed in Wash­ing­ton on Fri­day.

The Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil con­demned the move the day be­fore, just hours after the UAE Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs warned it could cause “chaos” in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, as re­ported by 7DAYS yes­ter­day.

JASTA would au­tho­rise US courts to hear cases in­volv­ing claims against a for­eign state for in­juries, deaths or dam­ages that can be proven to have been com­mit­ted by that state or any of its of­fi­cials. Fif­teen of the hi­jack­ers in 9/11 were Saudi na­tion­als, al­though the 9/11 the By 7DAYS News Team Com­mis­sion Re­port in 2004 found “no ev­i­dence” of Saudi gov­ern­ment in­volve­ment. Sheikh Mo­ham­mad bin Ab­dul Karim Al Issa, the sec­re­tary of the Mus­lim World League, said the law could threaten sta­bil­ity and harm the global econ­omy. “The act is con­trary to the foun­da­tion of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, which are based on the prin­ci­ples of equal sovereignty, im­mu­nity of the state, mu­tual re­spect and non-im­po­si­tion of do­mes­tic laws of any state on the other state( s),” the Saudi-based or­gan­i­sa­tion said in a state­ment. US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is ex­pected to veto the law, but Congress can over­ride that if two-thirds of Se­na­tors and House rep­re­sen­ta­tives vote to block his veto.

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