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Cole Suspects May Face Death

Monday, 27 November 2000 12:00 AM

Fox News is reporting that:

The charges could be presented Tuesday to a Yemeni court, which could set a trial date, probably within a week.

The two principal suspects, all so far unidentified, could be charged with not only bombing the United States destroyer as it refueled in the port of Aden, but also with threatening state security, forming an armed gang and possessing explosives.

All four charges carry a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, but if the suspects were convicted of either bombing the Cole or threatening state security they would get the death penalty.

In Yemen, most executions are conducted by a firing squad in a public place, to set an example.

There have been unconfirmed reports that as many as six suspects are now in custody, but a source close to the investigation said two would be brought up on all four charges.

Yemeni officials said the Oct. 12 bombing that killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured 39 others appeared to be a carefully planned, well-financed operation, with the bomb materials expertly prepared.

American officials said the crime bears a close resemblance to techniques used by the world's most-wanted terrorist, the renegade Saudi Arabian billionaire Osama bin Laden, who operates clandestinely from hideouts in Afghanistan.

They contend the operation in Yemen was performed by a network made up of small cells of two or three people, probably staffed by one or more anti-American Islamist organizations, such as the Islamic Jihad, Egypt's al-Gamaa al-Islamiya and followers of bin Laden.

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