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.




E.O. 12958: N/A

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

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Myanmar: UN Condemns Escalating Violence In Deadliest Day Of Protests So Far

In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar’s military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday together with the UN chief, strongly condemned the “escalating violence” and called for an immediate end to the use of force... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>

2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>

Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>