10 September, 2017
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 USA newspaper report.
The complaint, filed on behalf of 1,400 family members of the victims, stated that the Saudi Government paid two nationals, posing as students in the U.S., to take a flight from Phoenix to Washington and test out flight deck security before 9/11.
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.
The Iranian Foreign Minister emphasised that Trump himself had earlier suggested that Saudi Arabia was behind the 9/11 attacks.
The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the USA on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
The lead attorney for the 9/11 plaintiffs, Sean Carter said, "We've long asserted that there were longstanding and close relationships between al Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government".
The New York Post states that the lawyers representing Saudi Arabia have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which may be headed towards trial as Congress has cleared diplomatic-immunity related obstructions.
Evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit against the Saudi Arabian government alleges that the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington may have funded a "dry run" for the hijacking of planes by two of its Saudi employees.
The complaint further claims that both were participants in the 9/11 conspiracy, and had trained in Afghanistan with a number of al-Qaeda operatives that participated in the attacks.
In November 1999 they boarded an America West flight to Washington, and tried to access the cockpit several times, asking the flight attendants "technical questions" and making the staff "suspicious".
The plaintiff have to prove their charges by November this year in the court, in order to get Saudi embassy tried under the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act", a legislation which allows USA federal courts to take action against foreign governments.
'When the plane was in flight, al-Qudhaeein asked where the bathroom was; one of the flight attendants pointed him to the back of the plane, ' it added.
The pilot of the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in OH where the two men were taken into custody but later released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Their plane tickets were reportedly paid for by the Saudi Embassy, according to Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband was killed in 9/11.
And while living in Arizona, they were in regular contacts with a Saudi hijacker pilot and Al Qaeda leader from Saudi now incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, the Post reported. It is to be noted that fifteen of the 19 men who carried out the 2001 attacks were Saudi nationals.
Carter said the allegations against Saudi Arabia were based on "nearly 5,000 pages of evidence submitted of record and incorporated by reference into the complaint".
In September 2015, US District Judge George Daniels tossed Saudi Arabia out as a defendant.