Saudi royalty objects to 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

Aug. 3, 2004 at 1:47 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A Saudi prince has objected to Michael Moore's claims in "Fahrenheit 9/11" that scores of Saudi nationals fled the United States immediately after Sept. 11.

Prince Turki al-Faisal charged that the film was "grossly unfair" to the Saudis, adding that the Sept. 11 commission report found "no evidence that any flights of Saudi nationals, domestic or international, took place before the reopening of U.S. airspace on the morning of Sept. 13, 2001," Studio Briefing reported Tuesday.

Several news agencies, including the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, reported private flights with Saudis aboard taking off from U.S. airports when commercial flights were still restricted.

Moore, in his documentary, said: "At least six private jets and nearly two dozen commercial planes carried the Saudis and the bin Ladens out of the U.S. after Sept. 13."

In related news, Kuwait officials said "Fahrenheit 9/11" will not be shown in their country.

"We have a law that prohibits insulting friendly nations, and ties between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are special," an Information Ministry official said.

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