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Yemeni court upholds death sentence in USS Cole case

[JURIST] A Yemeni appeals court Saturday upheld a death sentence against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [Wikipedia profile], a Saudi militant suspected of being a close associate of Osama Bin Laden. Nashiri and fellow militant Jamal al-Badawi had received death penalties for their role in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole [US Navy website], but Badawi's sentence was later reduced to fifteen years in his own appeal. Nashiri, tried in absentia while being held in the US, is also thought to have directed the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya [Wikipedia entry] . Reuters has more.

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