First Lawsuit Filed Against Saudi Arabia after JASTA Passed

Oct 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts

911PentagonTwo days after Congress overrode President Obama’s veto on the JASTA bill, 9/11 widow Stephanie Ross DeSimon filed a law suit against Saudi Arabia.

The law suit, which was filed in U.S. district court in Washington D.C. on Friday September 30, accusses Saudi Arabia of giving material support to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda for the attacks. DeSimone is suing for “wrongful death and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and is demanding unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.”

DeSimone’s husband, Navy Commander Patrick Dunn, was killed in the American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. DeSimone was pregnant with their daughter at the time.

According to Bloomberg, fifteen of the 19 hijackers involved in 9/11 were Saudi nationals. In July, classified portions of the 2004 commission report examining the 9/11 attacks found that the hijackers could have received help from Saudi officials.

Bloomberg also reports that a Saudi ministry of foreign affairs told the Saudi Press Agency that the United States faces “serious unintended consequences” if the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act is not changed.

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