nationalsecuritylaw court in Yemen sentences Anwar al-Awlaki (in absentia) to 10 years

January 17, 2011

* 10 year sentence from Yemen court for Anwar al-Awlaki (in absentia)

A new wrinkle in the ongoing story of Anwar al-Awlaki (the dual American-Yemeni citizen associated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula). Yemen recently prosecuted a man named Hisham Mohammed Assem for the murder of a French oil industry worker in October 2010, obtaining a conviction and death sentence today. The prosecution also included charges against both Anwar al-Awlaki and his cousin Othman al-Awlaki, for inciting Assem to commit the murder. Both were convicted in absentia, and received 10 and 8 year sentences respectively. Al-Jazeera has coverage here.

Coincidentally, Anwar al-Awlaki has a new article in the just-released issue of AQAP’s Inspire magazine. The International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR) has a very handy summary here.