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February 24, 2006

Office of The Attorney General
- Zulima V. Farber, Attorney General

 

David Wald
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Attorney General Gains Order to Show Cause in Dubai Ports Suit
Federal Judge Sets Hearing for Wednesday on State Suit
Demanding Information on Security Risks

U.S. District Court Judge Jose Linares signed an order to show cause today in the state’s suit against the federal government to block a Dubai-owned company from taking over management of part of Port Newark until the federal government completes a full investigation into national security risks as required by law, and until state homeland security officials receive all documents and information related to the transfer of port management to Dubai Ports World.

The show cause order asks federal officials and the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States to explain why they did not perform a full investigation of the sale of P&O to Dubai Ports World, and why the committee should not be required to provide to New Jersey homeland security officials and officials in the State Office of Counter-Terrorism the same documents and information that was provided to the Committee on Foreign Investments by Dubai Ports World.

Acting on behalf of Gov. Jon S. Corzine, New Jersey Attorney General Zulima V. Farber filed suit on Thursday against the Committee on Foreign Investments and members of the committee, including Treasury Secretary John Snow, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

The suit declares that New Jersey’s ability and responsibility to protect its citizens was impaired by the committee’s approval of a company owned by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to manage port operations in six U.S. cities, including Newark and New York.

Judge Linares set a hearing on the show cause order for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 1 in Newark.

Earlier today, Gov. Corzine invited governors from six states with ports affected by the Dubai Ports World suit to join his federal law suit.

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