Search

 

Cablegate: Law Enforcement Cooperation: Uss Cole Defendants -

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS SANAA 000837

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER CJAN YM DEMARCHE COUNTER TERRORISM
SUBJECT: LAW ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION: USS COLE DEFENDANTS -
ALIMI DEMARCHE

REF: STATE 75508

1. (SBU) Ambassador, accompanied by LEGATT and NCIS rep,
carried out demarche reftel with Minister of Interior Alimi
on Wednesday, April 7. Ambassador noted his intention to
reiterate points to prosecutor general early week of April
10. Alimi confirmed that prosecutor general is appropriate
interlocutor on these issues, but provided his views.

2. (SBU) In response to Ambassador's request for rendition of
Quso and Badawi, Alimi reiterated longstanding ROYG position
that it would prosecute, but not render Yemeni citizens
accused of terrorist acts. In turn, Alimi requested that USG
render to Yemen for prosecution Nashiri and Khalad bin
Attash. Such renditions would resolve ROYG problem of
structuring a prosecution that included all those responsible
for Cole attack. Ambassador replied USG needs to retain
these individuals as they continue to provide important
intelligence on al-Qa'ida. Alimi speculated that the ROYG
might try them in absentia.

3. (SBU) Alimi expressed ROYG desire to cooperate fully with
USG in pending prosecutions where US citizens are victims.
He noted Yemeni law accords victims' families or
representatives extensive privileges, including presence at
trial and sharing of prosecution's information. When
Ambassador inquired about continued access to defendants,
Alimi replied that is a question for the prosecutor general
to resolve.

4. (SBU) COMMENT: Embassy/FBI/NCIS have some experience with
Yemeni prosecution procedures based on trial in Ibb of
murderer of US medical personnel in December 2002. FBI rep
was present during this trial and gained significant access
to prosecution's case file, but not access to defendant
himself. We will be following up with prosecutor general to
gain specifics for upcoming trials and possible access to
detainees.
HULL

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



Save The Children: Ukraine: 21 Children Killed Or Injured In Horrific Week Of Violence

At least 21 children have been killed or injured in just a week in an uptick of violence across Ukraine, Save the Children said today... More>>


UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>

Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>



UN: General Assembly Must Affirm Right To Healthy Environment

With the world embroiled in a multi-faceted environmental crisis, UN experts* today urged the United Nations General Assembly to recognise that living... More>>

UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>