Saudi Arabia: No evidence shows it had a hand in 9/11 attack

Plaintiffs lack evidence despite a new law by Congress enabling claims against Saudi Arabia, lawyers said. (Reuters)
Updated 04 January 2018
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Saudi Arabia: No evidence shows it had a hand in 9/11 attack

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s lawyers say a judge should reject a New York lawsuit by victims of the Sept. 11 attacks trying to hold the Kingdom to blame.
The lawyers said in a Manhattan federal court filing Thursday the plaintiffs lack evidence despite a new law by Congress enabling claims against Saudi Arabia. Other lawsuits against Saudi Arabia were rejected before Congress passed a 2016 law allowing the litigation.
The lawyers wrote that Congress “did not license plaintiffs to proceed against Saudi Arabia without plausible allegations and competent evidence to support their case.” The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages.
Fifteen of 19 men who hijacked four planes in the 2001 attacks were Saudis.
The 9/11 Commission report found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” the attacks Al-Qaeda masterminded.


Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

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Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.