WASHINGTON, February 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hundreds of Americans yesterday amended their lawsuit against Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Danske Bank, Wall Street Exchange and Placid Express, which are accused of supporting a campaign of terrorism in Afghanistan led by al-Qaeda and led by the Taliban.
Plaintiffs Amended Complaint, in Wildman, et al. against Deutsche Bank AG, et al., Case 1:21-cv-04400 (EDNY), following a multi-year investigation by the washington d.c.Sparacino PLLC-based law firm and came less than six weeks after Sparacino PLLC helped secure a comprehensive victory over the Anti-Terrorism Act in United States DC Circuit Court of Appeals against Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GE Healthcare, AstraZeneca and Roche, on behalf of more than 1,200 Americans, in Atchley et al. vs. AstraZeneca UK Ltd., et al., Case 1:17-cv-02136 (DDC); Sparacino is the lead investigating attorney in both cases and followed the same investigative methodology and complaint drafting approach in each.
In the wild man Amended lawsuit, filed yesterday, 487 Americans, including 115 Gold Star families and dozens of seriously injured veterans, accuse Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Danske Bank, Placid Express and Wall Street Exchange of violating terrorism law by funding knowingly al-Qaeda and its affiliates from 2001 to 2016.
After September 11, Osama Bin Laden organized long-time Al-Qaeda affiliates into Afghanistan and Pakistan in an anti-American jihadist alliance dedicated to killing Americans in Afghanistan. Through what the US government has described as the al-Qaeda terrorism “syndicate”, al-Qaeda jointly planned, authorized, and often carried out attacks throughout the country. Afghanistan alongside its Taliban allies, including the Haqqani Network, Lashkar-E-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and D-Company.
As alleged in the Amended Complaint, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Danske Bank, Placid Express and Wall Street Exchange aided these terrorists by knowingly serving them from what people in the financial industry call a “laundry”: a bank or money transfer organization that operates as a criminal enterprise by knowingly profiting from transactions that aid terrorists.
As alleged, each defendant pursued longstanding “laundry” programs to maximize profits by knowingly assisting al-Qaeda, the Haqqani Network and their allies to collect, manage, secure, transfer and deploy their illicit money. The complaint’s allegations show that these schemes violated US law and collectively caused the transfer of hundreds of millions of US dollars from US financial institutions to al-Qaeda and its allies from 2001 to 2016.
The plaintiffs are Americans who were seriously physically injured, or whose loved ones were killed or seriously physically injured, in Afghanistan by terrorist attacks from 2011 to 2016 that were planned, authorized and often carried out jointly by al-Qaeda in alliance with its longtime affiliates in Afghanistan and Pakistanincluding the Taliban and their Haqqani network.
As he did in the Atley case, Sparacino PLLC’s attorneys and investigators thoroughly reviewed the facts prior to filing the complaint, continued the investigation thereafter, and obtained non-public data that substantiated the primary allegation – a complete copy of ‘a confidential ‘final’ investigative summary memorandum prepared by an elite Western law enforcement agency that commemorated, among other things, how one or more members of a key fundraising cell implicated “generally confessed” on a diet and “cooperate[ed] with the investigation.
“As alleged, Deutsche Bank knowingly aided violent sociopathic terrorists known to target Americans,” Mr. Sparacino said, “and, until 2017, Deutsche Bank made the choice to derive institutional profit by assisting the terrorist violence and didn’t care if his clients were known to rape girls for sport (like Jeffrey Epstein did while Deutsche served him), forcing enslaved boys to fight and kill Christians and Jews (as Iran while Deutsche served its terrorist fronts), or kill and maim thousands of American, British, and German military and civilians (as al-Qaeda did while Deutsche laundered its money), as long as Deutsche’s profits continued to flow. flow”.
“For decades Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank acted as if they were above the law. United Stateshowever, no one is above the law, and plaintiffs will do all they can to hold Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank accountable,” Mr. Spacino said.
“But this case is about much more than Deutsche and Standard Chartered. Given the unprecedented nature and scale of the terrorist financing schemes alleged in wild manThis case is the largest terrorism lawsuit ever brought against a bank, and the world can assume that the plaintiffs will be served by an expanded legal team led by an elite US law firm widely known as the one of the most important trials. power plants in United States worthy of the stakes in this case for Americans who have lost so much in it,” Mr. Sparacino said.
The case of the plaintiffs is captioned Wildman, et al. against Deutsche Bank AG, et al., Case 1:21-cv-04400 (EDNY Compl. Filed 5 August, 2021). Full Amended Complaint Available https://afghanistan.terrorismcase.com/afghanistan-documents/wildman-amended-complaint/.
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