Washington(September 11, 2017): Sixteen years after the World Trade Center was toppled, the case against the alleged mastermind and his co-plotters looks set to drag on for years – if not decades, defence lawyers told.
New evidence in a 9/11 lawsuit against the government of Saudi Arabia alleges the kingdom’s embassy in Washington, DC may have funded a test run for the deadly attacks in 2001, according to a foreign newspaper report.
The evidence was submitted as part of a class action lawsuit against the government of Saudi Arabia, it reported.
It alleges the embassy paid for two Saudi nationals to fly from Phoenix to Washington two years before planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and slammed into a field in Pennsylvania as part of a “dry run” for the attacks.
Saudi Arabia has always denied any involvement in September 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
The victims’ lawyers, however, have said the evidence suggests “a pattern of both financial and operational support” for the 9/11 conspiracy from official Saudi sources, according to the Post.
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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has been dubbed the “architect of 9/11”. He and his four alleged co-conspirators all face the death penalty in a case that is still crawling through the pre-trial stages of a military commission.
“It perplexes me that this isn’t a cause for more outrage back in the US,” Shayana Kadidal, a lawyer on several post-9/11 cases for the Center for Constitutional Rights, a legal action group, told.
“According to the government, you have the person by far most responsible for planning 9/11 and a couple of people just below him responsible for executing the plot.