So it was a high-level request. Interesting that the embassy confirmed Muellers demands for al Badawi (a Yemeni, and therefore unlikely to be handed over) and not ElBaneh, who holds an American citizenship and would presumably be easier to get…of course, I suppose Jaber would have to be locked up first before he could be extradited. True, al Badawi actually accomplished acts of terror while Jaber only helped plan foiled ones…but this also makes al Badawi more valuable to Saleh, as do his connections.
FBI director demands to extradite Al-Badawi
April 10, 2008- US Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller asked during his meeting with the Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh On Wednesday to extradite Jamal al-Badawi who is suspected with bombing the USS Cole destroyer in the Yemeni port of Aden in order to prosecute him in an American court, U.S. Embassy source told Alsahaw.net.
The source pointed out that Mueller further discussed with Saleh issues of combating terrorism and updates of the investigations on the attacks which targeted the U.S. embassy on March 18 and the housing compound of Hadda on April 6.
FBI director said to Yemeni officials that the US embassy ordered non-essential staff and their families to leave Yemen due to those attacks which targeted the embassy and American oilmen , said the source.
Saleh had stressed, according to Saba agency, Yemen’s insistence to enhance ties and mutual cooperation with U.S., renewing Yemen’s demands of releasing Sheikh Mohammad al-Moayad and his companion Mohammad Zayed imprisoned in New York along with all Yemenis prisoners detained in Guantanamo.