More critics of 9/11 law
Backlash over Congress bill grows
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.