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3 Jordanians among 21 Al Qaeda members on trial

(AFP)
Filed on January 20, 2013

SANAA - A Yemeni tribunal specialising in terrorism began on Saturday the trial of 21 suspected members of Al Qaeda, including three Jordanians and an Egyptian, accused of attacks against security forces.

The defendants, who appeared in four separate groups, one comprised of the Jordanians and Egyptian, have been charged with “belonging to a criminal gang linked to Al Qaeda to carry out attacks against the state police and the army”, the indictment read at the hearing said. The accused pleaded not guilty and claimed their confessions were obtained “under duress and torture”, an AFP correspondent reported.

The next hearing was set for January 26.

On Monday, nine Yemenis accused of complicity in a suicide bombing that killed 86 soldiers in May 2012 and which was claimed by Al Qaeda had appeared in a similar court.


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