January 17, 2011

Yemen Sentences Anwar al-Awlaki to Ten Years in Prison

And the person he sent to murder a French contractor to death.

BBC:A Yemeni court has sentenced a man to death for killing a French contractor near the capital Sanaa last year.

The court also sentenced in his absence radical US-born Yemeni Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to 10 years in jail for aiding the gunman.

Awlaki, described by the US as a "global terrorist", is believed to be hiding in southern Yemen.

On the same day the contractor was shot, suspected al-Qaeda militants fired a rocket at a UK diplomat's car.

Five staff members all survived the attack in Sanaa with no major injuries.

The special security court in Sanaa passed the death sentence on Yemeni teenager Hisham Mohammed Assem for killing French energy contractor Jacques Spagnolo last October.

"I reject the verdict and will appeal," Assem, 19, told the court. Several French diplomats attended the hearing.

Anwar al-Awlaki is said to be on a CIA hit list authorised by President Barack Obama

A relative of Awlaki, Othman al-Awlaki, was also sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison.

"This crime was committed under the incitement of Anwar and Othman al-Awlaki," the judge said.

The court accused the three men of "working within a terrorist group", but made no mention of al-Qaeda.

A ruling ordering Muslims to steal the wealth of the Kufr was issued by yesterday by al-Awlaki in Al Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula (AQAP)'s magazine. Inspire Issue number IV.

By Howie at 10:15 AM | Comments |