- Saudi says that there is no proof that it backed 9/11 attacks
- Lawyers of victims claim that Saudi channeled money to terrorist groups
- Saudi Arabia was previously covered by sovereign immunity
Michael Kellogg, a lawyer for the Kingdom, said reports from the 9/11 Commission, FBI, CIA and 9/11 Review Commission found no proof Saudi Arabia backed the attacks.
"Conclusions, speculation, hearsay are not enough," Kellogg told told US District Judge George Daniels at the start of a daylong hearing in Manhattan on Thursday.
Lawyers for the victims, their families and businesses harmed by the attacks claim Saudi Arabia channeled money through its charities to the terrorist group. They presented sworn statements from two former FBI officials and former Florida Senator Bob Graham, an ex-chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, in which they provide their opinions that Saudi officials in the US provided support to two of the September 11 hijackers.
Congress in 2015 passed a law, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, JASTA, which for the first time permitted lawsuits against the Saudis over the attacks. The nation was previously covered by sovereign immunity, a legal doctrine protecting nations against most lawsuits.
Daniels didn't say when he will rule on the Saudi requests to throw out the suits.
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