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USS Cole suspects said to face trial soon

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Six suspects in the attack on the USS Cole are to face trial soon, according to a weekly close to the defense ministry.

The weekly September 26, published Thursday, said a team of U.S. investigators was expected in Sanaa soon for talks on closing the case concerning the attack on the destroyer in Aden harbor in October 2000. Seventeen sailors were killed and 39 were injured and the U.S. Navy halted refueling stops in Yemen.

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Investigations into the Cole attack were completed some time ago but putting the suspects on trial was delayed at the request of the United States, the magazine said.

The trial is to be open to the public to avoid criticism by human rights groups. The suspects are believed to be linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network.

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