August 21, 2002


Saudis Plan to Sue U.S. Over Sept. 11: Lawyer (Tehran Times, 8/22/02)
A group of Saudis plan to sue the U.S. government and media organizations for the alleged psychological and financial damage they suffered in the aftermath of September 11, their lawyer said on Wednesday.

"Tens of Saudi nationals seriously plan to file lawsuits against U.S. government, civil and media entities, the majority of whom are students who had been attending American universities and were forced to leave," Saudi Lawyer Katib al-Shamri said. [...]

Hundreds of Saudis have been questioned by U.S. authorities investigating the attacks.

Washington has named 15 Saudis among the 19 hijackers.

Shamri, a member of an international legal committee set up to defend detainees at a U.S. base in Cuba, also called on the United States to allow families of more than 100 Saudi nationals held there to visit their sons.

The prisoners were captured in the U.S.-led war against Al- Qaeda, blamed for the September 11 attacks, and against the taliban government that sheltered them in Afghanistan.

"Most of the Saudi detainees are innocent and were carrying out charity and humanitarian work in Afghanistan.

Others are very young and were fooled," Shamri said. He called on U.S. authorities to charge the detainees or release them.

Bring it on, baby. Just wait'll all this stuff gets aired out in open court, there'll be nothing left of the relationship with Saudi Arabia, no matter how many Arabists there are in the State Department. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2002 9:20 PM
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