Federal judge allowing USS Cole lawsuit against Sudan to go to trial Jeannie Shawl at 1:54 PM ET
[JURIST] US District Judge Robert G. Doumar has said that he will not grant the Sudanese government's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by families of sailors killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole [Wikipedia backgrounder; US DOD inquiry report]. Although he has not issued a formal ruling on the issue, Doumar said during a hearing Thursday to determine which country's laws will govern the dispute that he would allow the case to proceed to trial. Sudan [JURIST news archive] has urged the court to dismiss the case because the complaint does not directly connect any Sudanese official to al Qaeda, the terrorist network largely held responsible for the attack, and also does not directly connect al Qaeda to the bombing. Sudan has also argued that the US federal court does not have proper jurisdiction over the case.
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