Why would Jamal al Badawi just surrender? The information here is scant to say the least. I gotta go find more on this…come back for updates.
UPDATE: AFP reports :
A witness in Aden told AFP Tuesday that Badawi had returned to his home there two days ago amid reports in the neighbourhood that authorities had allowed him to go home in return for a pledge not to engage in any violent or al-Qaeda-related activity.
If true…what an idiot. Actually, when thinking about it, this really only makes sense if the government knew where he was, or at least how to contact him, and has allowed him these types of allowances in the past. Now, I am hardly a conspiracy theorist – I have hesitated to join the side of those who hold that the Yemeni Government let these guys escape in the first place. But why else would al Badawi trust “neighborhood” reports? Similarly, could there be a better time for the Saleh regime to reel this guy in…and in the South no less.
Qaeda militant surrenders after Yemen jail break
SANAA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – An al Qaeda militant convicted of helping to plan the deadly bombing of a U.S. Navy vessel off the coast of Yemen in 2000 has surrendered to Yemeni authorities, a security source said on Tuesday.
Badawi was one of the architects of the attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors in the Yemeni port of Aden.
Badawi, whose death sentence had been commuted to 15 years in prison, is one of 23 inmates who escaped from a jail in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in February 2006.
“Jamal Badawi surrendered a couple of days ago,” said the source without giving further details.
Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, joined the U.S.-led war on terrorism after al Qaeda’s Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
The poor country on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula is viewed in the West as a haven for Islamist militants. It has witnessed several deadly attacks against Western targets and tourists including the bombing of a French oil tanker in 2002.
A U.S. judge ordered Sudan in July to pay almost $8 million to the families of the soldiers who were killed in the attack on the Cole, in which al Qaeda rammed an explosives-laden boat into the American destroyer.
Sudan has denied involvement in the bombing and has said it would appeal against the ruling.