In a bombshell sovereign lawsuit, families of those who died on 9/11 are seeking to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the terror attacks.
The suit, filed in Manhattan sovereign court, sum how Saudi officials were complicit in the attacks — assisting them financially, with training camps and passports — and sum their purported role in helping the 19 hijackers who killed scarcely 3,000 people.
It was only last year that pages of declassified papers determined a long-suspected couple between the Saudi supervision and terrorists who carried out the attack. The papers had also been held back by the Bush administration in the seductiveness of inhabitant security.
Nonethless, the fit filed Monday compiles 28 pages of accusations that links al Qaeda to the Saudi government.
Despite a halt by President Obama last September, Congress upheld JASTA — Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act — and paved the way for Americans to take authorised movement against countries who support terrorism.
Here’s what we know about Saudi Arabia’s tie to the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, according to the lawsuit:
1.Fifteen of the 19 hijackers held Saudi passports — and some had connectors with those in the Saudi Arabian supervision at home and abroad. Saudi officials even hammered passports in a certain way as to imply either the person was an al Qaeda member.
2. Officials in the Saudi embassy in Germany, for example, upheld Mohamed Atta, the lead hijacker, observant that a Saudi inhabitant was staying in the same Virginia hotel with several other terrorists the night before the attacks.
3. Officials from Saudi embassies allegedly helped two hijackers in sold — Salem al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar — for a duration of 18 months before 9/11, providing them with money, advice, contacts, transportation, assistance with training English, and receiving IDs.
They also helped them achieve entrance to commander training and other element support and resources eventually used on 9/11.
4. The Saudi stately family, who for years feared al Qaeda and tried to damp them in a bid to equivocate losing power, were wakeful that supports from several charities had been funneled to Osama bin Laden’s terror network.
The charities enclosed the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a organisation that had been designated by the U.S. as a terror sponsor.
5. Saudi Arabia – via the late 1980s – “adopted an nonconformist chronicle of Islam – Wahhabism – as the state religion; announced that its propagation was a core duty of the state; and sought to allege it around the universe by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Embassies, Saudi Arabia’s gift organizations and other supervision agents.”
A representative of Saudi Arabia’s embassy, formed in Washington, D.C., did not respond to a ask for comment.