Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Families of victims of the “Florida attack” suing Saudi Arabia


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The families of the victims who were killed in 2019 by the bullets of a Saudi lieutenant at a military base in Florida, USA, have filed a lawsuit against the kingdom over its presumed responsibility for the jihadist attack, the prosecutors’ attorneys announced Monday (February 22). The attorneys explained that their clients consider it not possible that the kingdom did not know that Lieutenant Muhammad Al-Shamrani was an extremist.

This trained officer, who was 21 at the time, fired a pistol on December 6 at US military personnel during a semester at the US Naval Base in Pensacola, killing three people and wounding eight others before he was shot dead by police.

The lawyers said in a statement that Al-Shamrani “was supposed to undergo a comprehensive investigation when he joined the Saudi Royal Air Force, and at that time, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was aware of his extremism and his anti-Americanism, feelings that were publicly expressed on an account in his name on Twitter.” The statement added that after joining the army in 2015, Al-Shamrani regularly promoted on social media a “radical fundamentalist ideology.”

The statement pointed out that this account was being watched by Saudi citizens, members of the government, and members of the air force, and that they “read and commented on the extremist messages” that this soldier posted. In their statement, the lawyers stressed that this officer, despite his letters, was chosen from among hundreds of students of the Military Academy to obtain a scholarship to participate in a training course in the United States, and his nomination was sent to the chain of command at the Saudi Ministry of Defense. .

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