Yemen jails two for US envoy plot

A Yemeni court has sentenced two men to five years in jail for trying to kill the former US ambassador to the country in 2004.

    Yemen is the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden

    Huzam al-Maas and Khalid al-Halila, who had faced a maximum jail term of 10 years for trying to throw a hand grenade at the envoy as he was entering a shop, can appeal their sentence, their lawyers said.


    Maas had pleaded guilty to attempting to kill the ambassador, but told the state security court he was psychologically ill.


    Halila, a taxi driver, had pleaded not guilty, saying he only drove Maas to a weapons market.


    Yemen, the ancestral home of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, has joined the US-led war on terrorism since the September 11 attacks.


    It has cracked down on al-Qaida-linked militants after attacks at home including the 2000 USS Cole bombing and the 2002 attack on the French supertanker Limburg.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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