NEW YORK – Lawyers for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks say they have new evidence that agents of Saudi Arabia “directly and knowingly” helped the hijackers, including sworn testimony from the so-called 20th hijacker and from three principals of the US government’s two primary probes of the attacks.
The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington said in a statement Wednesday that Zacarias Moussaoui’s claims come from a “deranged criminal”
and that there is no evidence to support them. It said Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the deadly 2001 attacks. The lawyers filed documents in Manhattan federal court to buttress claims Saudi Arabia supported al-Qaeda and its leader at the time, Osama bin Laden, prior to the attacks. They have always said “the Saudi government directly and knowingly assisted the 9/11 hijackers,” but now say facts and evidence supporting the assertion “are compelling.”