In the shadow of Ground Zero, 9/11 survivors go to court against Saudi Arabia

Around 200 family members of those murdered in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 attacks and other members of the September 11th community heard arguments in court about whether or not a long-awaited lawsuit should proceed. The suit accuses Saudi Arabian officials of assisting the 9/11 hijackers, reports Mike Kelly of

U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels presided over the arguments and will decide whether or not the case will proceed to trial.

Roughly 2,000 people — survivors and family members — are plaintiffs in the decade-old lawsuit, which was dismissed three years ago because before the passage of the 2016 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), U.S. citizens couldn’t file lawsuits against foreign countries unless the country was declared a state sponsor of terrorism.

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