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A Yemeni court, on Wednesday 07/11/2007, sentenced 30 Yemenis to between two and 15 years in prison for planning and carrying out attacks for Al Qaeda. The convicts, part of a group of 36 accused of being members of of Al-Qaeda network, launched an attack in 09/2006 on an oil refinery at Marib, 170 kilometres east of the capital Sanaa (see – Marib Foiled Attack).

Petrol storage tanks at a terminal operated by the Canadian firm Nexen in southeastern Hadramut province were also targeted.

According to AFP, four of the suspects were acquitted while the court ordered the release of two others on time already served since 09/2006.

Six of the main defendants, all Sanaa Escapees, were tried in absentia, although two of them – Jaber al-Banna and Mohammed al-Omdah – had recently turned themselves in, while another, Hamza Salim al-KUWAITI, was killed in clashes with security forces.

Fugitives Nasser al-Wehaishi, Qassim al-Raimi and Ibrahim al-Huwaidi, three of the most wanted activists in Yemen, each received a 15-year jail term. Raimi and Wehaishi have also been accused by the interior ministry of masterminding the 07/02/2006 Marib Suicide Attack, that killed eight Spanish tourists and two local drivers (see – 4 Marib Escapees ).
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