Yemen: 36 men on trial for al-Qaida ties

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April 15, 2007 18:50

A Yemenite man accused of being affiliated with al-Qaida claimed on Sunday that a confession he made was extracted under torture. Abu Bakr al-Rubaei is one of 36 Yemenis on trail in the country's state security court on charges of they took part in foiled suicide attacks on industrial installations. Al-Rubaei told authorities during his interrogation that he and others were planning to carry out terrorist operations targeting Western and US interests and homes of diplomats in the country. Al-Rubaei has pleaded not guilty to the charges and told the court that he was asked by some Jihadi groups to be involved in attacks in Yemen and Iraq, but he refused. Judge Radhwan al-Nimr adjourned the trial until next Sunday.


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