Saudi Arabia Hit with First 9/11 Family Lawsuit 2 Days after Congress Cleared the Way

From AllGov:

By Britain Eakin, Courthouse News Service

WASHINGTON (CN) – The wife and daughter of a Navy commander killed on 9/11 sued the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Friday for its alleged support of al-Qaida’s plan to carry out the attacks, two days after a veto override made it possible.

“Al-Qaida’s ability to conduct large-scale terrorist attacks was the direct result of the support al-Qaida received from its material sponsors and supporters, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the federal lawsuit claims.

The 54-page complaint, filed in Washington, D.C., federal court, continues, “The Kingdom willingly provided material support to al-Qaida for more than a decade leading up to Sept. 11, 2001 with knowledge of al-Qaida’s intent to conduct terrorist attacks against the United States, and an awareness that al-Qaida would use the support provided by the Kingdom to achieve that objective.”

The lawsuit came two days after Congress rebuked President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which creates an exception in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to let American victims of terrorism sue foreign governments for aiding and abetting terror attacks carried out on U.S. soil if they can prove that foreign government officials played a role in the attacks.

Until now, Americans have only been able to sue governments that the U.S. has designated as state sponsors of terrorism.

Stephanie Ross Desimone filed Friday’s lawsuit, along with her daughter Alexandra Desimone.

Desimone was two months pregnant with Alexandra on 9/11, who was born on March 15, 2002, six months after the attacks killed her father, Patrick Dunn, a Navy commander who worked at the Pentagon.

Saudi Arabia has long denied any direct involvement in the attacks, but the complaint alleges that Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi-tied official and a reputed intelligence …

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