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Yemeni Accused of Killing French Contractor at OMV Offices Goes on Trial

Yemeni Accused of Killing French Contractor at OMV Offices Goes on Trial


A Yemeni teenager went on trial for killing a French contractor at the local office of Austria’s OMV AG, and denied charges he carried out the assault following the directives of a militant cleric.

Yemen’s state security court today said Hisham Mohammed Asem, 19, a security guard at OMV, had e-mail correspondence with Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni-American cleric who supports violence against U.S. targets.

The contractor killed last month worked for Spie Batignolles SA, a French construction company, according to the French foreign ministry. Another British contractor was injured in the attack.

Yemen put al-Awlaki on trial in absentia today on charges of incitement to murder foreigners, citing the OMV attack. Al- Awlaki is believed by the U.S. to have links with al-Qaeda militants including three of the people who carried out the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S., Yemen’s state-owned news agency Saba reported today. It said al-Awlaki will be tried in Yemen if he’s captured, not extradited to the U.S.

November 2, 2010 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Yemen | , ,

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