Claim they were torturedTerror suspects deny all [Archives:2004/799/Front Page]

December 16 2004

Mohammed Al-Qadhi
Defendants in the case of the French oil-tanker Limburg and other terror operations have denied their involvement in the 2002 blast.
The defendants, who were convicted last August, said in court that the confessions they made earlier were the result of their beatings and torture.
They have also now disclosed to Sana'a Counter-Terrorism Appeal court Judge Saeed al-Qatta'a that they reached an agreement with cleric Hamoud al-Hittar, head of the dialogue committee with extremists, to give up their fanatic views and take the path of tolerance.
“Please help us; we do not have any devastating ideas,” Ibraheem Huawaidi told the judge while reading his appeal. He refuted all allegations made by the prosecution against him. “I do refute and deny all allegations about my involvement in an armed gang or attacking Western embassies or the US embassy,” he said.
Kasem al-Raimi requested the court to order the prosecution bring evidence of its charges against him. Five other defendants refused to comment on the appeal of the prosecution without having advocacy.
The court will listen next Saturday to the appeals of other defendants.
During the second appeal hearing, on Dec. 4, nine defendants declared repentance, asking for forgiveness.
The same court sentenced August 28th one to death while 14 others received prison terms of three to 10 years being found guilty of forming an armed group and carrying out attacks on Yemeni and Western targets. Hizam Mujali was sentenced to death for killing a security man named Hamid Khasroof at a security checkpoint.
Omar Saeed Hasan Jarallah, Fawzi al-Wajeeh, Mohammed Saeed Ali al-Amari, Fawzi Yahia al-Hababi, and Yasser Ali Salem (tried in absentia) received ten years in jail for bombing the Limburg. The two brothers Fawaz al-Rabee and Abu Bakr al-Rabee were sentenced to 10 years in jail.
The other five militants (Ibraheem Mohammed al-Huwaidi, Aref Saleh Ali Mujali, Mohammed Abdullah al-Dailami, Abdulghani Ali Hussein Kaifan, and Kasem Yahia al-Raimee) were sentenced to five years in prison. The two defendants-Khaled Ahmad al-Jalob, and Saleem Mohammed Ali al-Dailami, were sentenced to three years in prison for falsifying documents relating to the various attacks.