9/11 Families Continue To Press Lawsuit Against Saudi Government

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Families of 9/11 victims attended a hearing on Monday regarding their lawsuit against the Saudi government for its involvement in the terror attacks.

It’s been 19 years since the terror attacks and families of the nearly 3,000 people killed on the day are still looking for justice. Some families believe Saudi Arabian officials played a role in the terror plot and have been trying to pursue a lawsuit for several years.

A hearing on Monday addressed a number of issues in the case, and lawyers representing families of 9/11 victims presented a list of names of individuals they want to question in the lawsuit.

Federal judge Sarah Netburn gave the kingdom’s attorneys a deadline to respond.

Though it seemed like the suit was trudging along slowly, Brian Grogan, a supervising FDNY fire marshal on 9/11, came out of the courtroom wondering whether the lawsuit “is going to go anywhere.”

“I think they have an uphill battle all the way with this, trying to get their witnesses. I don't know if it's going to go that far, but I mean, I was part of this thing in 9/11 and I'm just going to stick with it as long as I can,” he told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

The 9/11 legal action against Saudi Arabia has been underway for 13 years.

In September, the Justice Department agreed to identify a person believed to be connected to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks to attorneys for the victims’ families. That name remains under seal.

The person was named in a redacted FBI report from 2012, which indicated the agency was investigating two Saudi officials, Omar al-Bayoumi and Fahad al-Thumairy, and said there was evidence that a third person ordered them to assist hijackers.