N.Y. court spares bin Laden family from lawsuits

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A New York appeals court has ruled that a construction company started by Osama bin Laden’s father cannot be held liable for the September 11 attacks.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said Tuesday that five relatives of the al-Qaida founder cannot be held liable.

But the court reinstated claims brought against 12 defendants accused of using charities to support al-Qaida. It said evidence may be found to show they provided material support to al-Qaida.

The rulings stem from lawsuits September 11 victims brought against several hundred defendants.

The Saudi Binladen Group is one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the Arab world. It’s the successor to a construction company founded by bin Laden’s father.

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