NEW YORK (AP) — Two members of Saudi Arabia’s royal household should reply questions in regards to the Sept. 11 assaults in what legal professionals for victims name a turning level in a long-running lawsuit, a federal choose dominated.

U.S. Justice of the Peace Choose Sarah Netburn in a written ruling unsealed late Thursday ordered Saudi Arabia to make the royals — and different Saudi witnesses, together with present and former authorities official — accessible for depositions.

It was unclear how and when the witnesses can be deposed, however the determination means “we will begin uncovering what they know,” plaintiff’s lawyer Jim Kreindler mentioned Friday.

The members of the royal household embrace Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who’s a former intelligence chief in Saudi Arabia and was the dominion’s U.S. ambassador from 1983 to 2005, courtroom papers mentioned.

Some relations of Sept. 11 victims declare that brokers of Saudi Arabia knowingly supported al-Qaida and its chief on the time, Osama bin Laden, earlier than hijackers crashed planes into New York’s World Commerce Middle, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania discipline. The practically 3,000 deaths have been commemorated Friday on the 19th anniversary of the assaults. The households are searching for billions of {dollars} in damages.

Michael Kellogg, an lawyer for Saudi Arabia, declined to touch upon Friday.

The Saudi authorities has lengthy denied involvement within the assaults.