NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York has reinstated Saudi Arabia as a defendant in lawsuits claiming it had provided support to al-Qaida prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Thursday. It said restoring Saudi Arabia was necessary to be consistent with a ruling the 2nd Circuit had made that allowed another lawsuit to go forward in which a man sued Afghanistan and other defendants for the death of his wife in the Sept. 11 attacks.
The 2nd Circuit and a lower court had previously ruled that Saudi Arabia was protected by sovereign immunity, which generally means that foreign countries can't be sued in American courts.