On June 30, the Supreme Court “gave the go-ahead” to a lawsuit that September 11, 2011, victims filed against the Saudi Arabian government. The suit alleges the Saudis “indirectly financed al-Qaeda in the years before the hijackings” and subsequent 9/11 attacks.
According to Philly.com, “Justices declined to hear an appeal by the Saudi government of a lower court ruling that the lawsuit could go forward.”
Saudi Arabia has denied being responsible for 9/11 and seemed to stem the flow of suits when, in 2005, a “federal District Court judge in Manhattan ruled that Saudi Arabia could not be sued.” Again in 2008, the Saudis secured a ruling in their favor when “the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed that Saudi Arabia could not be the target of a terrorism lawsuit.”
However, in December 2013, “the Second Circuit effectively reversed itself,” and now the suit against the Saudi government is going forward.
The litigation is being handled, in part, by law firm Cozen O’Connor in Center City. Sean Carter, a partner in the firm, says, “We are looking forward to having the opportunity to finally conduct an inquiry into the financing of the Sept. 11 attacks.”
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