Yemen begins in absentia trial of Al Awlaki

Two others are on trial along with al Awlaki: a relative, Othman al Awlaki, and Hisham Mohammed Assem, a gunman who killed a Frenchman at the site in Yemen of the Austrian oil and gas company OMV last month. They are also being tried in absentia.

The prosecutor, reading out the charges, aid the three were “members of an armed gang that targeted foreigners,” the prosecutor said when reading out the charges.

The US Treasury has blacklisted al Awlaki as a “specially designated global terrorist”, a move that freezes any assets he may have under US jurisdiction.

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