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21 March 2017, 01:00 | Terri Saunders
Hundreds of families of September 11 victims are suing the government of Saudi Arabia, alleging the kingdom knowingly provided material support and resources to al-Qaeda and facilitated the terror attacks that killed thousands in NY, the Washington, D.C. area and Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit required 135 pages to name those who died in the attack and their family members, as well as survivors who were injured.
BuzzFeed said the lawsuit was filed Monday in the federal court covering lower Manhattan. The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages, though the amount hasn't been specified, reports NBC 4.
The lawsuit also accuses the Saudi government of knowing that at least three of the 9/11 hijackers had ties to al Qaeda; the suit says their passports were marked with a secret indicator, information which the Saudi government did not share with the US.
The families have filed legal action in a Manhattan court, claiming Saudi officials helped hijackers crash into the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people in an act of catastrophic destruction. Together, the group alleges that the Saudi government "knowingly provided material support and resources to al-Qaeda".
Monday's suit additionally argues the 9/11 attacks could not have occurred without Saudi Arabian involvement.
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"It's become much clearer for the American public that the Saudi government and Saudi officials exhibited a pattern of support for al Qaeda, and that 9/11 would not have been possible without their support", said attorney Andrew Maloney, whose firm is one of the five behind the suit. It is one of the first to take direct legal action against the Saudi government.
The bill, called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, was vetoed by then-President Obama last September.
Last year, Congress passed a law that says no nation is allowed to conspire to carry out acts of terror against Americans on USA soil.
Obama charged the measure could produce reciprocal legislation overseas, exposing USA diplomats and military service members to similar legal action.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.
The suit follows a congressional override of then-President Barack Obama's veto in September, which enacted a law allowing an exception to the legal principle of sovereign immunity in cases of terrorism on USA soil.
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