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9/11 families brought first cases against Saudi Arabia

9/11 families brought first cases against Saudi ArabiaIn the U.S. families of 800 victims and 1,500 first responders of 9/11tragedy filed a lawsuit accusing Saudi Arabia of involvement in the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The amount being sought in damages has not been revealed.

Out of the 19 hijackers of 9/11, 15 of them were from Saudi and three of them had worked for the kingdom previously.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan. It says Saudi officials are believed to have aided some of the hijackers before the attacks.

In the lawsuit, officials of Saudi embassies are accused of helping hijackers Salem Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar more than a year before the tragedy. According to PIX 11, the officials allegedly helped Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar learn English and obtain credit cards and cash, as well as taught them how to blend in with the American culture.

The lawsuit, which was filed by aviation law firm Kreindler & Kreindler, alleges that a Saudi official was even in the same hotel in Virginia with hijackers the night before the attacks.

The details in the lawsuit were put together from the findings of an FBI investigation into the attacks.

The lawsuit asserts that the Saudi royals, who for years had been trying to curry favour with fundamentalists to avoid losing power, were aware that funds from Saudi charities were being funnelled to al-Qaida. The lawsuit spells out how money was transferred from charities in Saudi Arabia to the terror group.

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama resisted efforts to hold Saudi Arabia accountable. The kingdom is a key ally against Iran, and its oil interests are important to the U.S.

Last September, Obama said congress failed to "do the right thing" by giving victims of 9/11 and their families the go-ahead to sue Saudi Arabia by vetoing a bill he had introduced. The veto was the first time Obama had been overridden during his time in office.

The legislation gave victims' families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the 2001 attacks.

Saudi Arabia has objected vehemently to the legislation. It is now expecting President Donald Trump to reverse a U.S. law allowing families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue the kingdom.
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