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Monday, July 25, 2011

Federal judge ordered Sudan to pay $8M for USS Cole bombing
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On July 25, 2007, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered the government of Sudan to pay $7.96 million in compensation to the families of 17 US Navy personnel killed in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole. The decision of the court was issued by Judge Robert Doumar, who previously held Sudan responsible for supporting al Qaeda's bombing of the US Navy destroyer while it was docked in the Yemeni port of Aden. The families of the victims had originally sought $105 million for pain and suffering, but were restricted in their claims by the federal Death on the High Seas Act.

Sudanese coat of arms

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