Yemeni court tries two Qaeda suspects
Two alleged Al-Qaeda members went on trial in Yemen today accused of being part of an armed gang that killed nine people including military and security officials.
Sanaa (Yemen): Two alleged Al-Qaeda
members went on trial in Yemen today accused of being part of
an armed gang that killed nine people including military and
Mansour Saleh Salem, 18, and Mubarak Ali Hadi
al-Shabwani, 23, who were arrested on December 11 in eastern
Marib province, appeared before a Sanaa court that specialises
in terrorism cases.
The pair are being tried for "participating in an
armed gang which carried out criminal actions against military
and security officials and members of the armed forces,"
according to the charges read out in court.
"The defendants used arms to resist men of the public
authority who were responsible for persecuting and arresting
them in Al-Shabwan in Marib province, killing two soldiers and
a civilian and wounding five other soldiers," the prosecutor`s
The two men were also accused of killing three
officials along with their two companions while they were
driving on November 3 in the southern province of Hadramut.
In addition, the prosecution alleges they killed one
soldier during clashes with the Yemeni army when they attacked
an army truck carrying weapons and ammunition in July.
However, the defendants denied the charges.
"Those are lies, we have nothing to do with all this,
and this trial is null and void," Shabwani said.
The next hearing is due to take place on June 19.
Yemen, the ancestral land of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin
Laden, has also witnessed a number of attacks claimed by
Al-Qaeda on foreign missions, tourist sites and oil
In October 2000, Al-Qaeda militants on a small
explosives-packed boat blew a hole in an American warship, the
USS Cole, in the southern port of Aden, killing 17 US sailors.