Senior US senators want to amend Saudi Sept 11 law

By REUTERS
December 1, 2016 02:21

Two senior US senators said on Wednesday they want to amend a law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11 attacks to narrow the scope of possible lawsuits.

Lindsey Graham and John McCain, two of the Republican party's congressional foreign policy leaders, said they would introduce an amendment to the law so that a government could be sued only if it "knowingly" engages with a terrorist organization.

"All we're saying to any ally of the United States (is), you can't be sued in the United States for an act of terrorism unless you knowingly were involved, and the same applies to us in your country," Graham said in a Senate speech.

In September, the Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA, making it US law.


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