US House adopts ‘Sue the Saudis’ for 9/11 bill

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Published: September 9, 2016 10:38:55 PM

The US House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill allowing Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over 9/11, days before the attacks 15th anniversary.

The law has been invoked to shield Saudi Arabia from lawsuits over the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (Reuters)The law has been invoked to shield Saudi Arabia from lawsuits over the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (Reuters)

The US House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill allowing Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over 9/11, days before the attacks 15th anniversary. The measure passed without opposition, but the White House was threatening a veto.

House Resolution 3815, also known as the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” or JASTA, creates an exception to sovereign immunity created by a 1976 law, thus allowing US citizens to sue foreign countries for terrorism that kills Americans on US soil, RT online reported.

The law has been invoked to shield Saudi Arabia from lawsuits over the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Fifteen out of 19 men who hijacked commercial airliners and used them as missiles to target the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were Saudi subjects.

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