from Sputnik News:
New York District Judge George Daniels has struck down a Saudi bid to drop several lawsuits by families looking for compensation over Riyadh’s alleged role in the terror attacks against the US on September 11, 2001. Speaking to Sputnik, attorney and 9/11 families representative Andrew Maloney explained what exactly his clients were looking for.
Sputnik: How many families are involved in the lawsuit?
Andrew Maloney: There are several thousand families. Almost 3,000 people were killed on September 11, and there have been over a hundred [other] people who have died – rescue workers who have become sick from the rescue efforts; there are also numerous, literally thousands of people who were injured, and they’re all part of the lawsuit.
Sputnik: Is this only covering personal injury, or financial loss as well?
Andrew Maloney: It covers both; it covers death and personal injuries, as well as claims borne by insurance companies for property and business damages.
Sputnik: What is the total sum of what’s being sought in compensation?
Andrew Maloney: It’s safe to say that the total value would probably be at least $100 billion…We don’t put out an exact number for the demand. It’s for the court to determine what the value of a death or an injury is. But it’s safe to say that if you add it all together, it’s $100 billion.
Sputnik: What evidence do you have of Saudi involvement in the tragedy of 2001?
Andrew Maloney: There’s a lot. In Judge Daniels’ decision that came out, he talks about some of the allegations we’ve made; in particular, the [efforts of] two Saudi officials, one working in the Saudi Consulate’s office in Los Angeles by the name of [Fahad al] Thumairy, and the other one by the name of [Omar al] Bayoumi, to meet with and take care of the first two hijackers that arrived in the United States in the year 2000 to begin their flight training. These officials were working for the Saudi government, or at least a portion of the Saudi government, in order to facilitate the hijackers’ flight training, and provided assistance to them during the time that they were preparing for the 9/11 attacks in the year leading up to it.