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Saudi Arabia is an attempt to shut down lawsuits alleging they were involved in the planning of the September 11 attacks was rejected by a U.S. judge Wednesday.
Hundreds of victims, insurers and companies sued the Saudi government, after she said that the government knowingly assisted the hijackers the attacks.
The Saudi government has denied any involvement in the attacks strongly.
The government was accused of helping two of the hijackers acclimatize itself in the US to begin with the preparation for the attacks, but the defendants argued that there is no evidence of a public official or employee involvement, Reuters reported.
Fifteen of the 19 perpetrators were saudi nationals.
U. S. District Judge George Daniels said Wednesday in a ruling that the plaintiffs ‘ allegations met the requirements for the court to assume among the powers of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
He did, however, dismiss claims that two Saudi banks and the Saudi Binladin Group, a construction company controlled by the bin laden family, were involved in the attacks by providing financial resources and financial services, on the ground that he does not have the power, Reuters reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.