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Yemen court sentences alleged 5 al-Qaida militants

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 6, 2013 at 9:47 a.m. Updated January 6, 2013 at 10:20 a.m.

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A suspected al-Qaida militant attends a trial session along with other militants during their trial at a state security court in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Yemen's state security court has sentenced five alleged al-Qaida militants to up to 10 years in prison for carrying out attacks against security forces and supporting the group logistically in the southern province of Abyan in 2011.

— Yemen’s state security court on Sunday sentenced five alleged al-Qaida militants to up to 10 years in prison for carrying out attacks against security forces and supporting the group logistically in the southern province of Abyan in 2011.

The court gave the defendants sentences ranging from four to 10 years. It was not immediately clear how many would serve the maximum sentence.

The court ordered the release of six others who had already spent about 18 months in detention. They were found guilty of supporting al-Qaida but not direct involvement in attacks. They will be under government monitoring after their release.

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has ordered trials for dozens of al-Qaida suspects held without charges for over a year.

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