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Yemen court acquits Iraqis charged with embassy bomb plot

[JURIST] Yemeni Judge Mohammed Al Baadani on Monday acquitted four Iraqis who were accused of spying for the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and planning to bomb the American and British [embassy websites] embassies in Sanaa. The men were arrested in 2003 with bags of explosives in their possession. Three of the defendants pleaded not guilty, arguing they had been coerced into confessing. A fourth suspect was tried in absentia. The judge also agreed to allow the men to stay in Yemen [JURIST news archive] rather than returning to Iraq where they feared persecution. In issuing his decision, Al Baadani said, "this case has no legal justification and should not have made it to court." Reuters has more.

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