Yemin Judge Lets al Qaeda Off, Justified under Sharia
A Yemini judge has released 19 al Qaeda terrorists on the grounds that murdering foreigners is permissible under Sharia law.
The trial of 19 alleged al Qaeda members had been designed to showcase how serious Yemen was in the fight against terror. But the Islamic militants, accused of plotting to assassinate Westerners and blow up a hotel frequented by Americans, were all acquitted for lack of proof, the presiding judge ruled Saturday. Prosecutors had failed to provide “adequate evidence that the defendants were plotting attacks against foreigners or planning to assassinate Americans in Yemen,” the verdict said.
Critics say the decision points to the Yemeni president’s bid to win the radical Islamic vote ahead of elections due in September.
Several of defendants did confess to having been in Iraq to fight US troops there and had Iraqi stamps on their passport, the court heard. “But this does not violate [Yemeni] law,” the judge said. “Islamic Sharia law permits jihad against occupiers,” he said.
The religion of peace and all that.