Obama allows trial but undermines terror finance case against Arab BankJune 6, 2014
The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to turn away an appeal by Arab Bank involving rulings by a lower court.
The U.S. Solicitor General said that the terror financing case against Arab Bank can proceed to trial without its immediate appeal being heard, but essentially sabotaged such a trial by claiming that multiple errors were made in lower court rulings, including the failure to consider the foreign policy impact of the case with respect to Jordan. This argument gives Arab Bank the ammunition it will need for a future appeal if jurors find against the bank at trial. The solicitor general’s position demonstrates the influence that the U.S. State Department, which sides with Arab Bank, has brought to bear.
Rather than equipping Arab Bank with a legal defense, the bank and Jordan should be held accountable for funding suicide bombers and conspiring to cover it up.