The death sentence given to an al Qaeda militant for his part in the 2000 bombing of the US destroyer Cole has been upheld by an appeals court in Yemen.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri – seen by many as the former al Qaeda leader in the Gulf – is being held in America. However the court reduced a second militant’s death sentence to 15 years in jail. The ancestral home of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Yemen has been trying to shed its image in the West as a haven for Islamic militants. The USS Cole was refuelling in the harbour when two men on a small boat packed with explosives rammed their craft into the destroyer, killing 17 US sailors.