Was Saudi Arabia funding Al Qaeda? As we all are aware of the incident when the USA suffered from shocking terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, which caused the death of total 2,996 people and more than 6,000 people injured and destroyed the infrastructure of billions of dollars.
After the terrible attacks, the U.S District Court portrayed that Saudi Arabia was funding Al-Qaeda (the terrorist group) who was involved in 9/11 attacks, as well as 15 from those 19 terrorists, were Saudis.
Was Saudi Arabia behind the 9/11 attacks? The statement of funding the terrorist group was initially rejected by the Saudi Lawyers but still, hundreds of relatives of the affected families are trying to sue Saudi Arabia as the responsible for the attacks as it is said by Western News and media.
It was again claimed very recently by congressional actions, that Saudi Arabia was behind the 9/11 attacks, the judge who previously rejected the argument of Saudi Arabia involvement in the 9/11 attacks again started expressing the doubts.
George B. Daniels US District judge in Manhattan questioned lawyers of affected families and survivors of the 9/11 attacks and the attorneys of Saudi Arabia during the hearing and he did not immediately announce the written decision as it was to be announced later.
The Congress passed the 2016 justice against the Sponsors of Terrorism Act over then-President Barack Obama’s rejection which led to further arguments and claims against Saudi Arabia after these claims were once rejected.
Saudi Arabia could be held accountable in the terrorist attacks: The 15 yeas old litigation claimed that Saudi Arabia could be held accountable in the terrorist attacks even if it never agreed to support the terrorist group Al-Qaeda or even it was not aware of the money it gave as charities in the Middle East countries may have made it to Usama bin Laden’s group.
Judge Daniels arguing on behalf of the complainants challenged the claims by an attorney of Saudi Arabia. Then he asked: “So Saudi Arabia is responsible for every terrorist act al-Qaeda commits?”
No Evidence of Saudi Government involvement was found: The Commission report found after 9/11 stated that it could not find any evidence that claims that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded the Al-Qaeda.
Attorney Michael Kellogg who was arguing for Saudi Arabia, mentioned the reports repeatedly, along with the results of investigations by the FBI and CIA, and said that all these reports clearly rejected that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
Rejecting this same case against Saudi Arabia in 2015, Daniels described new statements by the plaintiffs that are entirely conclusory and said “I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to do with the report's ultimate conclusion or the facts, whether they're sufficient for this court to independently reach those conclusions.
Source: Al Arabiya