City insurance company Lloyds is suing the Saudi Arabian Royal Family and various Saudi charities, which it says were responsible for funding the activities leading up to 9/11.

The insurance giant will be using evidence provided by the recent batch of Wikileaks US cables. The leaked documents allegedly provide information on phony charities, banks, government ‘alter egos’ and royal family members that links them to funding al-Qaeda in the lead up to the destruction of the World Trade Centre and the flight hijackings.

The Lloyd's 3500 syndicate, based in Brighton, deals with claims from the past. Lloyds is said to have paid out over £125 million in compensation to the families of victims of 9/11.

The legal claims point the finger at Saudi Arabia as being the main source of funding for the lead up to 9/11 and, as reported by The Independent, state that “The success of al-Qa'ida's agenda, including the 11 September attacks themselves, has been made possible by the lavish sponsorship al-Qa'ida has received from its material sponsors and supporters.”

Over the last decade conspiracy theorists have suggested that the US has been keen to avoid linking the attacks to Saudi Arabia. The 2004 9/11 commission inquiry found no evidence linking the Middle East superpower to the attacks.