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Aljazeera.Net - Yemen acquits 19 in 'al-Qaeda plot'

Aljazeera.Net - Yemen acquits 19 in 'al-Qaeda plot':

it is shameful that the united states doesn't follow the standards of the yemeni court system: is there evidence of a crime? no. then the charges are dropped.

A Yemeni court has acquitted 19 men, charged with planning attacks against US interests in the country, due to lack of evidence.

The men, including five Saudis, had been accused of plotting to carry out attacks to avenge the CIA's killing in Yemen of a top al-Qaeda operative in 2002 with the help of a drone.

Prosecutors had said the 19 travelled to Iraq and then returned to Yemen to carry out their 'mission' on the orders of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq who was killed in a US air raid a month ago.

'The court decided to acquit the accused due to lack of evidence,' the judge said."

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