U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in a written ruling unsealed late Thursday ordered Saudi Arabia to make the royals — and other Saudi witnesses, including current and former government official — available for depositions.
It was unclear how and when the witnesses will be deposed, but the decision means "we can start uncovering what they know," plaintiff's attorney Jim Kreindler said Friday. -AP
One of the two ordered to give depositions is Prince Bandar bin Sultan - a former Saudi intelligence chief who was the kingdom's US ambassador from 1983 to 2005, according to court papers. His involvement in world events ranges from Reagan's Nicaraguan Contra program (including direct involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal), to making the case for the Iraq War as a trusted friend of Bush and Cheney, to directing US-Saudi covert operations overseeing the arming of jihadists in Syria.