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U.S. Seeks to Extradite Yemeni Men

January 16, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ The U.S. Department of Justice notified Germany that it will seek the extradition of two Yemeni men arrested in Frankfurt on charges they were members of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

Officials in the United States and in Germany confirmed Wednesday that the arrest of Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayyed and Said Mohammed Mohsen stemmed from charges filed this month in federal court in Brooklyn alleging they provided support to a terrorist organization.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn had no immediate comment on the charges, which remain under seal.

Al-Moayyed is thought to be an al-Qaida financier who collected funds for the terrorist organization through a location in the Yemeni capital, San’a, according to a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity.

``We think this guy was gathering money from all over the world and funneling it to al-Qaida and had contact with bin Laden,″ the official said.

Mohsen, al-Moayyed’s traveling companion, is alleged to have played a lesser role in the organization.

German courts do not recognize extrajudicial holding facilities like the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and prohibit the extradition of anyone who could face the death penalty.

But U.S. officials said the suspects were not targets of a capital case, and would be tried in a civilian court.

A formal extradition request will come within 40 days, U.S. Embassy spokesman Tim Moore said.

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AP Berlin Correspondent David Rising contributed to this report.

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