Skip to comments.Yemen grants house arrest to Cole attack planner
Posted on 10/26/2007 3:43:42 PM PDT by nuconvert
Yemen grants house arrest to Cole attack planner
Yemen has commuted to house arrest the prison term of a mastermind of al Qaeda's 2000 bombing of a U.S. Navy vessel after he surrendered to Yemeni authorities, his relatives said on Friday.
Relatives told Reuters they were allowed to visit Jamal Badawi at his home in the southern port city of Aden while under police surveillance.
Details of the decision to release Badawi from prison were not known. But a Yemeni government official who asked not to be identified said the militant remained "under close scrutiny and control of the security forces." He declined to elaborate.
Badawi was one of the architects of the attack on the destroyer Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors in Aden port. He is wanted in the United States, which offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest after his escape from jail in 2006, according to the FBI Web site.
Badawi, whose death sentence had been commuted to 15 years in prison, is one of 23 inmates who escaped from a jail in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. He turned himself in about two weeks ago.
Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, joined the U.S.-led war on terrorism after al Qaeda's September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
The poor country on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula is viewed in the West as a haven for Islamist militants. It has witnessed several deadly attacks against Western targets and tourists including the bombing of a French oil tanker in 2002.
Well now we know where to find him, right?
House arrest is perfect. Now we can send one 500-pound JDAM right through the middle of that home. It would be a very easy mission.
Yeah...according to news reports he is celebrating this evening. Several goats have been slaughtered in his honor.
exactly right. take him out.
How about some Spec Ops guys grant him house execution?
We should also target the judges who let him go.
So, does that simply mean that he will be closely supervised when he does the planning or actually perpetrates his next act of terror?
Yemen: Should be ground zero.
I still favor the “green glowing glass-bottomed parking lot” solution to the muslim problem.
Reach out and touch someone..
He needs a Blackwater visit
He can spend the rest of his (hopefully short) life looking over his shoulder for a Predator-launched HellFire missile.
If that murdering bastard is not turned over to the United States, Yemen should become the world’s first glass parking lot!
My guess is that this terrorist scum is not long for this world, one way or the other, whatever deal he may have cut with the Yemeni government.
We had known for years that Aden was the regional hotbed for terrorism, yet SOMEONE made the decision to have U.S. warships put into Aden to take on water. A short distance away is Djibouti, an excellent and well-protected harbor where U.S. warships HAD put in. I wouldn't like to be holding this guy's insurance policy.
But they are key allies in the WOT! /s
So, he was sentenced to death, which was commuted to 15 years in prison, and now reduced to house arrest? Soon to be five minutes in "the comfy chair"?
I thought Johnny Cochran was dead.
The captain of the USS Cole was interviewed on Fox tonight. He said that some day the truth about the incident would come out.
IIRC, he was ordered to refuel in Yemen to show that they were not a threat to us....by the 90's Kumbaya administration.