U.S. Senators Seek Saudi Sanctions

(Asia Times-Hong Kong) - The Saudi Arabia Accountability Act, that would impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia for its alleged ties to international terrorism, was introduced last week by a group led by Republican Senator Arlen Specter. The proposed legislation would require the president to certify annually that Riyadh, a long-time Washington ally, has met an extensive list of strict conditions related to fighting terror and cooperating with the U.S. in related investigations. "Evidence has come to light that there has been enormous financing of al-Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist organizations by the Saudis," Specter said. "Anybody who contributes to an organization knowing that it is a terrorist organization is really an accessory before-the-fact to murder." The measure was co-sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Graham (D-FL), and Evan Bayh (D-IN).

2003-11-28 00:00:00

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