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US Judge Says Saudi Officials Must Testify In Lawsuit Related To September 11 Attacks

A person seems to be at The Tribute in Light set up from Liberty State Park, marking the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 assaults in New York City, as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S., September 11, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

James Kreindler, a lawyer for the victims, known as the choice a “major development” as a result of Saudi Arabia had produced little documentation regarding its authorities officers working within the United States earlier than the assaults.

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  • Last Updated: September 12, 2020, 10:40 AM IST

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A US decide directed Saudi Arabia’s authorities to make 24 present and former officers, together with a former ambassador to the United States, obtainable for questioning in litigation claiming it offered help for the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults, legal professionals for victims stated on Friday.

Saudi Arabia has lengthy denied involvement within the assaults, the place practically 3,000 individuals died as hijacked airplanes crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon outdoors Washington and a area in western Pennsylvania.






The Saudi authorities’s media workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark after enterprise hours. A Washington-based lawyer for the nation declined to remark.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn’s determination was made public on Thursday in Manhattan federal courtroom.

It adopted one other decide’s March 2018 rejection of Saudi Arabia’s bid to dismiss the litigation, the place households of these killed, tens of hundreds of people that suffered accidents, companies and insurers are searching for billions of {dollars} in damages.

While rejecting among the plaintiffs’ requests for depositions, Netburn stated those that may very well be questioned included Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005 and a member of the Saudi royal household.

She stated Saudi Arabia “persuasively” argued that paperwork didn’t counsel the prince oversaw the work of two officers the plaintiffs linked to the assaults.

But the decide stated the plaintiffs’ supplies indicated he “likely has first-hand knowledge” of the position one official “was assigned by the Kingdom and the diplomatic cover provided to the propagators” working within the United States.

It was not instantly clear how Saudi Arabia may organize for or compel testimony by its residents, together with these not within the authorities.

James Kreindler, a lawyer for the victims, known as the choice a “major development” as a result of Saudi Arabia had produced little documentation regarding its authorities officers working within the United States earlier than the assaults.


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