Sanders backs bill to let 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia

2016-04-18 16:52
US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Andreas Solaro, via AP)

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Andreas Solaro, via AP)

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New York - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is backing legislation that would let Americans sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The bill is opposed by the Obama administration. But's important to families of 9/11 victims, some of whom believe Saudi officials played some part in the attacks.

Sanders spoke in favour of the legislation on Monday on NBC's Today Show on the eve of the New York presidential primary. He says it's important to have a full understanding of the "the possible role of the Saudi government in 9/11".

US inquiries have not reported a link between the Saudi government or its senior officials and the attacks. But Sanders notes that some conclusions remain classified.

Sanders says Saudi Arabia promotes an extreme and "very destructive" version of Islam.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the September 2001 attacks, which destroyed the World Trade Centre and killed thousands, were citizens of Saudi Arabia.

Read more on:    bernie sanders  |  us  |  9/11 attacks  |  us 2016 elections

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