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Bin Laden family lawsuits dumped by New York judge

A New York court has dismissed lawsuits brought against 49 businesses and individuals, including some of the relatives of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, for lack of evidence.

In his decision published Friday, Federal Judge George Daniels tossed out the cases brought against four half-brothers and a nephew of bin Laden.

The suits had been filed seven years ago by relatives of some of the people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, carried out by Al-Qaeda. Almost 3,000 people were killed.

But the judge ruled the suits had failed to show bin Laden's relatives were involved.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon