A defendant currently on trial for a 2002 attack against a French oil tanker has fingered Abdel Rahim Al-Nashiri as the person providing the finance
for the project. Al-Nashiri is also suspected as financing and planning the U.S.S. Cole attack as well. Al-Nashiri is currently being held in the
United States following his arrest.
SANAA (AFP) - A defendant in the 2002 attack against the French oil tanker Limburg said the bombing was financed by Abdel Rahim Al-Nashiri, the
suspected mastermind of the devastating attack on the USS Cole four years ago and who is detained in the United States.
Faouzi Al-Wajih, one of 15 defendants, told the Sanaa appeals court that Nashiri sent 50,000 dollars (37,000 euros) to carry out the tanker attack.
The defendants are appealing their convictions for the attack off southeast Yemen, in which a Bulgarian sailor died. In the lower court, the
defendants received sentences of between three and 10 years in prison, and one was later sentenced to death.
The prosecution also appealed the lower court sentences, and is asking for death sentences to be imposed on five defendants, one of whom is being
tried in absentia. Hearings were adjourned until next Saturday.
Nashiri was arrested in October 2002 in the United Arab Emirates and is now being held in the the United States.
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It seems to e that while we have had very little luck tracking down Bin laden, they global war on terrorism seems to be making strides in going after
the next important level. The men that do all of the planning ad finance. You eliminate them and even a twisted visionary like Osama, is just that, a
[edit on 12/4/04 by FredT]