Eighth Yemen prison escapee surrenders; USS Cole mastermind still at large

[JURIST] Yemeni al Qaeda member Khaled Mohammed Abdullah al-Batati, one of the 23 prisoners who escaped from prison in February [JURIST report], has turned himself in to authorities. Al-Batati, the eighth escapee to turn himself in, was serving a three-year sentence [JURIST report] for plotting an attack upon the British and Italian embassies and French cultural center in Sanaa when he escaped through a tunnel into a nearby mosque.

Still missing among the high-profile escapees are Jamal Ahmed Badawi [MIPT profile], who was serving a fifteen-year sentence for his role in the 2000 terror attack [US DOD inquiry report] on the USS Cole [official website] and Fawaz al-Rabeei, sentenced to 15 years in prison [BBC report] for his role in the 2002 attack on the French tanker Limburg [BBC report]. Authorities have offered $27,800 for any information leading to the capture of escapees. AP has more.

 

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