MANHATTAN (CN) – The 157 plaintiffs who emerged from the Oct. 7, 2004 terrorist bombing of the Hilton Taba Hotel on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula cannot sue Hilton Hotels in New York because of forum non conveniens, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Peter Leisure said the case should be adjudicated in Egypt or Israel.
More than 30 people died in the attack when a suicide bomber drove a bomb-filled car into the lobby of the hotel in Taba City, and detonated it. The hotel was known as a popular resort for Israeli Jews. Plaintiffs in this case were 157 guests, or survivors of guests. Judge Leisure granted Hilton’s request to dismiss the case, without prejudice, due to forum non conveniens.