Yemen tries journalist for alleged al-Qaida ties

AP News
Posted: Oct 26, 2010 12:20 PM
Yemen tries journalist for alleged al-Qaida ties

A Yemeni court has charged a journalist with allegedly helping al-Qaida.

A Yemeni prosecutor indicted Abdelela Shayie Tuesday for charges that include assisting the American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. The United States has put al-Awlaki on a kill-or-capture list, accusing him of serving al-Qaida.

Shayie published an interview last year with a Saudi man who was released from Guantanamo after nearly six years and later became the No. 2 al-Qaida leader in Yemen.

He has also published interviews with two other al-Qaida leaders.

Shayie denies the charges.

The next hearing in the case is set for Nov. 2.

The U.S. is helping finance Yemen in the fight against its growing al-Qaida presence.