US District Judge Robert Doumar ruled in 2005 that there was sufficient evidence for the families to pursue the lawsuit after the first suit [JURIST reports] was filed against Sudan in 2004. The families allege that Sudan helped finance the attack and allowed an al Qaeda operative to ship explosives to Yemen. To overcome the sovereign immunity [Cornell LII backgrounder] typically accorded a foreign country in US courts under the FSIA, the plaintiffs invoked that statute's exception for state sponsors of terrorism. On October 12, 2000, the USS Cole exploded, killing 17 Navy sailors and injuring 42 others.
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