Source: AFP, 28/11/2010
SANAA — A court in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramawt is to announce its verdict on 12 Al-Qaeda suspects next month, the defence ministry's website reported on Saturday.
"Hadramawt's special criminal court set December 11 to announce the verdict on 12 people accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda," at a hearing on Saturday, the website 26sep.net said.
The defendants are charged with forming an armed group, planning attacks and procuring passports with the intention of using them to join Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.
They have also been accused of sheltering Al-Qaeda militants from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, 26sept.net said in early October.
The suspects denied the charges against them, although a number of them did acknowledge having travelled to Iraq and Afghanistan, a judiciary official told AFP at the time.
Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, is battling an Al-Qaeda resurgence, sporadic Shiite rebellion in the north and separatist unrest in the south of the country.