Germany hands over two Yemeni qaeda suspects to US

Published November 17th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Germany has extradited two Yemenis to the United States on charges that they supported the al-Qaeda network, prosecutors in Frankfurt said Monday.  


The two men, Sheikh Ali Hassan al-Moayad and his alleged assistant, Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, were arrested Sunday by US officials and flown out of an air base near Frankfurt by the US Air Force, said Hildegard Becker-Toussaint, a spokeswoman for Frankfurt prosecutors, cited by AP.  


The move came after the Federal Constitutional Court ruled last week that the two could expect a fair trial in the United States, rejecting the complaints they filed against lower-court decisions backing extradition.  


The German government then decided Friday to send the two men to the United States, Becker-Toussaint said.  


"It was the end of the fighting," she said. "The court made its decision and then the government extradited them."  


They were sent to New York City for prosecution, Becker-Toussaint added. If convicted in the United States, al-Moayad would face up to 60 years behind bars, U.S. prosecutors have said. Zayed, who faces a conspiracy charge, could be jailed for up to 30 years. (

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