Defence lawyers walk out of Sanaa bombing trial

2nd August 2004, Comments 0 comments

SANAA, July 31 (AFP) - Defence lawyers for 15 militants standing trial here on a host of charges including the 2002 bombing of the French super tanker Limburg walked out of the hearing Saturday to press their demand to obtain documents of the cases.

SANAA, July 31 (AFP) - Defence lawyers for 15 militants standing trial here on a host of charges including the 2002 bombing of the French super tanker Limburg walked out of the hearing Saturday to press their demand to obtain documents of the cases.

Twelve lawyers left the court before it could pronounce on their request to obtain copies of the documents, which has been rejected by the prosecution.

Most of the defence team had boycotted hearings three times before and the troubled trial also broke up a week ago after prosecutors walked out following a slanging match with the defendants.

In a repeat of last week's scenes, defendants at Saturday's hearing, the ninth in the case, shouted "Death to America" and some vowed continued allegiance to Al-Qaeda terror chief Osama bin Laden.

The prosecution presented evidence of the weapons and explosives it said were seized in the investigations of the attacks for which the 15 are being tried before the trial was adjourned until next Saturday.

The defendants, accused of forming an armed group to undermine security in Yemen, face a variety of charges, chiefly the attack on the Limburg as it prepared to enter Ash-Shir port off Yemen's south-eastern coast in October 2002.

One Bulgarian crew member was killed and 12 others were wounded when an explosion ripped through the tanker.

Other charges include plotting attacks on US Ambassador Edmund Hull and other foreign missions in Sanaa, as well as attacks on Yemeni intelligence service offices and the killing of police officers.

Six other suspects are being tried in Sanaa, one of them in absentia, in connection with the October 2000 bombing of the US destroyer Cole in Aden port which killed 17 American sailors.

The six have been charged with carrying out the bombing and membership of Al-Qaeda.

© AFP

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