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Friday, March 10, 2006

Al-Qaeda the prosecutor in Yemen trial

FROM THE US OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, February 24, 2004

"The Treasury Department today announced that Shaykh Abd-al-Majid AL-ZINDANI, a loyalist to Usama bin Laden and supporter of al-Qaeda, has been designated by the United States as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under the authority of Executive Order 13224 and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. His name will be submitted to the UN Security Council’s 1267 Committee’s consolidated list because of his support to bin Laden and al-Qaeda".

Yemen Observer Editor in Cheif Al-Asadi is facing death penalty in Yemen. The prosecutors in the case are lead by Al-Zindani, who is on the international list of terrorists closely linked to al Qaeda and bin Laden.

From American Daughter's blog:

"Abdul-Mahid al-Zindani is the leader of the Islamist political party and a member of the current government, the Chairman of Islah Shura Council (judiciary). He has imprisoned Mohammed Al-Asadi, the editor of the leading Yemeni English-language newspaper. The print operations of the Yemen Observer have also been suspended. (The talented journalists associated with the newspaper have so far managed to keep their website edition online.) And al-Zindani has commissioned a team of 21 lawyers to prosecute the case and seek the death penalty for the editor.

Al-Zindani is a leading radical Islamic cleric in Yemen. He is the founder and leader of the Al Iman University in Sanaa, Yemen, whose 5,000 strong student body is recognized as a breeding ground for terrorists. He is a known associate of Osama bin Laden, linked to financing and weapons procurement for al Qaeda."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its also odd that the YO is owned by the press secretary of the President and is still facing this prosection

jane
www.armiesofliberation.com

10 March, 2006 15:07  
Blogger ph said...

Good point indeed. The president is Western in his approach, trying to move the country towards the free world, - so we're also facing an internal Yemani conflict.
It seems that the judge was somewhat strict towards the prosecutors, calling them to order several times and demanding that onloy one of them spoke.
I wish someone with legal insigth in the Yemani affairs would enligthen us a bit more.

10 March, 2006 17:24  

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