A US court has ordered Riyadh to send 24 former and current Saudi officials to the United States for questioning about their alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks. One of them is a former ambassador to the United States. The victim’s attorneys said US Magistrate Court Judge Sarah Netburn’s directive was made public in Manhattan federal court on Thursday (September 10).
Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports. The Saudi government has not yet commented on the matter. A United States lawyer was questioned by Reuters, but could not be reached for comment.
On September 11, 2001, al Qaeda militants hijacked an aircraft and attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. About three thousand people were killed. Riyadh denied any involvement in the attack.
On the 9/11 anniversary of 2017, a bill called Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act received oral approval in the US Senate. As a result, American families who have lost relatives have the opportunity to sue Saudi Arabia. Family members of the victims demanded billions of dollars in compensation through 25 lawsuits.
Such a case is pending in the United States Magistrate’s Court. Judge Netburn’s verdict was read in a Manhattan court on Thursday.
Some of the plaintiff’s accused in the case requested to testify. However, he denied the allegations in a statement released on Friday “Similar to Mr. Netburn’s case, baseless allegations have been made more than once. These include the name of Prince Bandar bin Sultan. He served from 1983 to 2005. Served as Saudi Ambassador to the United States.
Birapati said that Saudi Arabia had argued that there was no evidence to support the plaintiff’s claim that Prince Bandar oversaw the work of the two accused officers. However, documents presented to the court indicate that the port was the first to know what an Saudi government official was doing and who was being given diplomatic protection.
Earlier, in 2016, the Saudi government requested that the case be dismissed. However, another judge in the United States rejected the appeal.