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Families of USS Cole dead can sue Sudan

[JURIST] A US federal judge has ruled that there is enough evidence for families of the 17 sailors who died in the 2000 terror attack [Wikipedia backgrounder; US DOD inquiry report] in Yemen on the USS Cole [official website] to pursue their lawsuit against the Sudanese government. US District Judge Robert G. Doumar said that there is a sufficient amount of evidence showing that the Sudanese government cooperated with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. The lawsuit alleges that Sudan helped finance the attack and allowed an al-Qaeda operative to ship explosives to Yemen. The case is scheduled for trial March 7, but may be delayed. Two of the six men convicted [JURIST report] for the attack were later sentenced to death [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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