2003 Press Release

Statement by Prince Bandar regarding court decision
[Washington, DC] – Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan today issued the following statement:

A U.S. District Court Judge has dismissed a lawsuit that was brought against certain members of the Saudi government.  The Judge rejected the charge of a link between the Saudis and terrorism and said there was little evidence from plaintiffs that the Saudi officials acted to cause murders or injuries in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Judge Robertson said: "Plaintiff’s allegations that Prince Sultan or Prince Turki funded those who carried out the September 11th attacks would stretch the causation requirement … not only to the farthest reaches of the common law but perhaps beyond, to terra incognita.”

This decision is a testament to the U.S. legal system and to the principles of American justice.  While we are pleased with the outcome, we cannot help but feel the pain that this legal process must bring to the families of the 9-11 victims.  The people of Saudi Arabia grieve for the loved ones that these families have lost, just as many Americans from all across the country have shared their sympathies and condolences with the Saudi families who also lost loved ones at the same murderous hands of Al-Qaeda.

I, for one, will never forget that tragic day in September.  The shock, the pain and the horror of watching the towers fall will always weigh on my heart.  But my government  pledges to the victims of the 9-11 attacks and to all of the people around the world that have suffered from the actions of this evil cult that justice will be served.  The coalition of nations that has taken up arms against Al-Qaeda will not stop until they are destroyed.

Al-Qaeda is a cancer that infects the very heart of humanity.  This cancer must be eradicated from the planet by all necessary means.  And, God willing, Saudi Arabia will continue to do all that we can to remove this evil scourge.  We know that as we take on these terrorists and as we uproot them from their hiding places, they will grow more desperate and more vicious. They inflict their hatred on the innocent without regard to faith or nationality.  But this will not deter us.  It will only increase our resolve and fuel our will and determination to find them and bring them to the swift and harsh justice that they deserve.