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JASTA not applicable to Kuwait: lawyer – ‘No link to 9/11’

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 14: US lawyer Stanley Cohen, who is defending Sulaiman Abu Gaith, whose Kuwaiti nationality had been withdrawn and is being tried in US courts on charges of belonging and supporting al-Qaeda, said in a statement

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) is not applicable to Kuwait, reports Al-Rai daily. Cohen added Abu Ghaith has nothing to do with the 9/11 events because there is no evidence against him in US courts.

Cohen added there is no evidence to link any Kuwaiti directly or indirectly to the 9/11 attacks and there is no way JASTA is applicable to Kuwait. He predicted lawsuits against Saudi Arabia would cost billions of dollars in compensation.

On the other hand, the US Embassy denied knowledge of any information related to filing lawsuits against Kuwait under JASTA. Speaking of the negative aspect of the law, the embassy said, “We have made known our reservations on this legislation from the beginning, and warned of negative consequences, especially in the area of foreign relations”, the embassy said.

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