Yemen Will Not Extradite Radical American Cleric

June 8, 2010 - 4:17 AM
The Yemeni-American cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, is believed to be hiding in Yemen.
al-awlaki, al Qaeda in Yemen

A screenshot of U.S.-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, from the video message posted on the Internet by the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Image: Middle East Media Research Institute)

San’a, Yemen (AP) - A Yemeni official says the government would not hand over to the U.S. a radical American-born cleric tied to al-Qaida because the constitution bans extradition of Yemeni citizens.
 
The Yemeni-American cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, is believed to be hiding in Yemen since 2004.
 
Islamic Affairs Minister Hamoud al-Hitar said on Tuesday that Yemen is encouraging al-Awlaki to turn himself in.
 
He says Washington should provide proof of al-Awlaki's terrorist ties to the Yemeni justice system.
 
The U.S. says al-Awlaki is active in al-Qaida and has placed him on the CIA's list of targets for assassination, despite his American citizenship. Yemen's al-Qaida offshoot last month released a video of al-Awlaki calling for the killing of Americans.