US court rules plaintiffs cannot seize Afghan reserves

Judge supports earlier ruling that frozen assets belong to Afghan government, not the Taliban

Da Afghanistan Bank before the Taliban re-took power

A US judge in New York has ruled against claimants seeking parts of Afghanistan’s central bank reserves as damages for the September 11 terrorist attacks.

US district court judge George Daniels ruled that the reserves belonged to the government of Afghanistan, while the plaintiffs were suing the Taliban. His ruling reaffirms a decision issued last August.

The plaintiffs are relatives of people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks carried out by Al Qaeda with the support of the Taliban.

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