Sudan Reaches Settlement With Victims and Families of USS Cole Attack

USS Cole bombing Sudan signs deal with victims' kin

USS Cole bombing Sudan signs deal with victims' kin

Sudan is still in the process of negotiating a settlement with families of those killed in the bombings of the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

The U.S.S. Cole, a Navy destroyer, was attacked by suicide bombers in an explosive-laden skiff as the destroyer was preparing to refuel in the Yemeni port of Aden on October 12, 2000. Among those sailors was Marc Nieto of Fond du Lac.

Copies of the agreements obtained by the Associated Press show that $70 million will be split among families of 17 people killed, as well as 15 sailors who were injured and two of their spouses.

The Al Qaeda attack killed 17 sailors and wounded 39 others.

In 1993, Washington listed Sudan on its terrorism blacklist for its alleged support of Islamist groups.

Today, Sudan's interim authorities are desperate to have its listing by the U.S.as a state sponsor of terror lifted, in order to receive an injection of badly needed funds from global lending institutions.

Sudan's transitional government said Thursday it has reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, a key step in having the US remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism so it can rejoin the worldwide community after years of exclusion.

It is not clear how much Khartoum has agreed to pay to the families, but the Reuters news agency quotes a source close to the deal as saying it is $30m (£23m).

But in March 2019, the US Supreme Court overturned on procedural grounds a lower court's ruling ordering Sudan to pay damages to the families of the victims. Observers and Sudanese officials have said that the settlement with the USS Cole bombing victims was among the last hurdles faced by Sudan.

The families of the U.S. sailors had sued Sudan under the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which bars suits against foreign countries except those designated by the U.S. as sponsors of "terrorism", as Sudan has been designated since 1993.

Sudan's chronic economic trouble - led by high inflation as well as shortages of fuel and foreign currency - was the main trigger for nationwide protests against now ousted leader Omar al-Bashir.

"The deal clearly specifies that the government of Sudan was not responsible for the incident or any such terrorist incident and it is doing this deal only to. fulfil the condition put by the American administration to remove Sudan from its terrorism list", the ministry said in a statement. "So they want to be assured that there has been a radical change" in the way it operates.

Reaching settlements in the cases involving the attacks on the USS Cole and the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were made more hard because Sudan'is strapped for cash.

The initial figures on the table had been in the billions, he said, but Sudan's interim government had "inherited an empty treasury".

Sudan's new rulers are desperate to end the country's economic isolation and gain access to the dollar-based worldwide financial system to attract loans and investment.

Al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military past year amid a public uprising, is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide related to the Darfur conflict.

Also, Sudan's interim leader earlier this month met in Uganda with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who announced that Israel and Sudan would normalize relations.

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