Brushing Saudi’s warning aside, 9/11 bill passes US senate
Washington: A long awaited bill, that would let the families of 9/11 victims sue the Saudi government, has broken through a key barrier, taking the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JATSA) to the House of Representatives.
Earlier, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir had warned that the step could cause his government to withdraw US investments.
President Barack Obama said he would reject the bill, whereas a democratic senator was confident that the president would be overruled.
- If it becomes law, the US legislation would allow families of the victims to sue any member of the Saudi Arabian government, thought to have played a role in the attack.
- Saudi Arabia denies its involvement in 2001 attack on the World Trade centre, which claimed almost 3000 lives.
- 15 out of 19 hijackers in the attack were Saudi citizens.
- According to a White House spokesperson, Obama had serious concerns about the bill and it would be difficult for him to sign it into law.