- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

NEW YORK — The kingdom of Saudi Arabia, three Saudi princes and several Saudi financial institutions were dismissed as defendants yesterday in six civil lawsuits accusing them of providing support to al Qaeda before the September 11 terrorist attacks.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Casey said the president, not the courts, has the authority to label a foreign nation a terrorist, although he said he understood the “desire to find a legal remedy for the horrible wrongs committed on September 11, 2001.”

The lawsuits claimed that more than 200 defendants provided material support to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Defendants included al Qaeda, its members and associates, charities, banks, front organizations, terrorist organizations and financiers who are accused of supporting al Qaeda.

The judge said the plaintiffs failed to provide sufficient facts to overcome the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s immunity. He said Saudi Arabia maintains that it has worked with the United States to share information in the fight against terrorism.

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