One of the men convicted of participating in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center in New York City and damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., had a lawsuit dismissed in U.S. Federal Court recently. The decision resulted from a procedural problem; the judge not making any commentary on the substance of the charges made by the former Osama bin Laden associate.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-Lagrange, of Oklahoma City, decided that 47-year old Zacarias Moussaoui did not properly file a petition for federal relief of legal grievances. According to court records, Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen, failed to pay the required $400 fee to have his case heard. Furthermore, the judge noted that he could have requested a hardship waiver of the amount, which he failed to do as well. Consequently, the court dismissed the claim.
The main portion of the Al-Qaeda terrorist’s lawsuit was a request to present further evidence in his case. His claim is that there is a Saudi Prince with ties to the “9-11” terrorist incidents. The two of them, he says, spent time at the University of Oklahoma earlier in 2001 undergoing aviation training. Airplanes were the weapons used on that fateful September morning.
The Saudi Arabian government issued a response to the charges via its lawyers. They deny without obfuscation any involvement in the illegal actions against the United States and its people.
Additions to the terrorist lawsuit requested a cease and desist order against the warden of Moussaoui’s maximum security Colorado prison. The inmate says the warden habitually harasses him. He also wanted to sue President Barack Obama for obstruction of justice. In another part of the petition Moussaoui hopes to testify in a lawsuit filed by families of the 9-11 victims against Saudi Arabia but says Mr. Obama refuses to allow it to happen.
Zacarias Moussaoui received a life sentence in prison in return for a guilty plea. By his own admission, Moussaoui´s role was to pilot an airplane into the White House. He began serving the prison term in 2005 and has been adamant in his claims that the Saudi Royal family helped fund the terrorist activity led by Osama bin Laden.