Families of USS Cole want lawsuit reinstated

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Relatives of 17 sailors killed in the bombing of the USS Cole will appear in a federal appeals court in Richmond Tuesday.

The families want to reinstate a lawsuit against the Republic of Sudan.

They say the African country provided support for the Al-Qaida terrorists involved in the attack.

The families want to press claims for emotional distress.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday morning.

A U.S. district judge in Norfolk had awarded 33 family members $8 million plus interest in 2007, but then dismissed the claims for punitive damages.

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