Al Awlaki charged with plotting and incitement to murder foreigners
SANA'A, Nov. 02 (Saba) - Yemen charged on Tuesday during a trial in absentia American-Yemeni Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki with plotting and incitement to murder foreigners, including a French expert who was killed early last month in Sana'a.
The trial was held as the Sana'a Specialized Penal Court opened the trial of Hisham Muhammad Asim, 19, from Taiz, the guard who killed the French and injured a British in a rampage at the Austrian energy group OMV office on October 6.
Asim had links with Al-Qaeda cells, and investigations revealed the shooting was terrorism-related not criminal, Interior Minister Mutahar Al-Masri said on Monday.
Al-Awlaki was designated as the most dangerous enemy of the U.S. with the CIA issuing in April a dead-or-alive warrant for him. The U.S. says he had links with three of those who carried out the 9/11 attacks.
Yemen has said it would not extradite him to the U.S. once he is in its custody, because the national law prevents handing nationals to other countries to try them.
It also said that al Awlaki is now wanted by the national authorities on terrorism charges, and when he is arrested he would be tried in Yemen.