USS Cole plotter “released”
Yemen seems like a pretty good country, as emerging poverty-stricken Islamist democracies go. At least they elect their leaders and they’re trying for economic reform. But you know the drill – no law may contradict the Quran, etc. And then they let that USS Cole bombing conspirator Jamal al-Badawi off lightly, after first giving him a death sentence, then commuting it to 15 years, then he escapes, and turns himself in for “virtual house arrest”. Next I suppose he’ll be allowed out into town and eventually he’ll just drift out of sight.
Funny thing is, you can indeed be executed in Yemen for being gay. But conspire to blow up a ship and kill 17 sailors and it’s “house arrest” for you. According to AP reports, “Witnesses said al-Badawi was “receiving well-wishers at his home” in Aden, Yemen”.
If al-Badawi ever shows his face around here, you can make a cool $5m for turning him in. Somehow I doubt the US would forget to keep him locked up.