Saudi Princes Seek Immunity Against 9/11 Lawsuits

(CNN) - Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz and Prince Turki al-Faisal, formerly head of Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency, have been sued by relatives of the 9/11 victims, who allege that they knowingly contributed money and support to al-Qaeda through Islamic charitable organizations. Lawyers representing two princes argued Friday that their clients have immunity because they are diplomatic officials. Ron Motley, lead attorney in the case against the Saudis, said the Saudi government and the two princes were told at least three times by U.S. and French officials "that the very charities they were giving millions of dollars to every year were converting that money to terrorist activities including al-Qaeda."

2003-10-21 00:00:00

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