| WASHINGTON, June 30
WASHINGTON, June 30 The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday left intact a lower court ruling that barred victims of
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York from pursuing claims
against banks they accused of indirectly helping Islamic
The high court rejected an appeal filed by the victims
following an April 2013 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals that complaints against banks and entities accused of
indirectly aiding the perpetrators could be dismissed. Those
victims included family members of nearly 3,000 people who died
in the attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center.
The bank defendants dismissed by the ruling include Al Rajhi
Bank, Dar Al-Maal Al-Islami Trust, Dallah Al Baraka Group LLC
and Saudi American Bank, now known as Samba Financial
Group. Separately, the appeals court also dismissed
several individuals and companies from the case.
The appeals court said allegations against the banks over
material support for terrorism could go ahead if there was a
more direct relationship between the bank and a particular
The case before the high court is just one element of the
multi-district litigation filed by victims against a wide range
of defendants. The attacks were orchestrated by Osama bin Laden
under the auspices of the al Qaeda militant group. The U.S.
military killed bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.
The administration of President Barack Obama urged the court
not to take the case.
The case is In re: Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001,
U.S. Supreme Court, 13-318.
In a related case, the court declined to hear an appeal
filed by Saudi Arabia's government objecting to a lower court
decision to revise the Sept. 11 victims' lawsuit against it for
alleged links with the attacks. The case is Saudi Arabia v.
Federal Insurance Company, et al, U.S. Supreme Court, No.
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller)