Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Court Convicts 32 al-Qaeda Suspects - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

SAN’A, Yemen, (AP) – A Yemeni court convicted, yesterday 32 al-Qaeda suspects of planning attacks on oil and gas installations in the country, sentencing them to prison terms of up to 15 years. Four others were acquitted.

Six of those convicted remain at large and were tried in absentia.

The prosecution had charged the group, all from Yemen, with forming an armed gang and planning attacks against oil installations with rocket-propelled grenades in September 2006.

The trial opened in March and authorities did not disclose when or how they were arrested. Three of them claimed they were tortured and forced to sign confessions, according to Yemeni official news agency SABA.

Among those who claimed duress was Abu Bakr al-Rubaei, the top suspect. He had allegedly confessed that he and others planned to carry out terrorist operations targeting Western and U.S. interests and homes of foreign diplomats in the country.

Most of those convicted were sentenced to terms ranging from 10 to 15 years in prison. Al-Rubaei received and eight-year term.

Al-Qaeda has an active presence in Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, despite government efforts to fight the terror network. Al-Qaeda was blamed for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden that killed 17 American sailors and the attack on a French oil tanker that killed one person two years later

A poor, tribal country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen aligned itself with the U.S.-led war on terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks. But many diplomats and outside experts have raised questions about Yemen’s cooperation and inability to control tribal areas.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube