WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani Friday night called for the U.S. Government to cut off millions of dollars in aid to Yemen, after the country released a suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole.
Jamal al-Badawi was convicted of masterminding the attack in Yemen, and is under indictment in New York. He escaped from prison in Yemen for a second time in 2006, but turned himself in earlier this month. He was then released by the government there.
In a statement, Giuliani said, “This is unacceptable. Yemen must turn over al-Badawi to the U.S. for trial in the Southern District of New York…. until al-Badawi is re-arrested, America should use all the means at its disposal to pressure Yemen to stop siding with terrorists. As a first step, I urge the U.S. Government to cancel the more than $20 million in aid scheduled to be delivered to Yemen.”
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