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USS Cole attack: Trumps Justice Division supports Sudan over US terrorist victims in the Supreme Court

The trumpet administration has been in Sudan's brutally repressive country – and against US terrorist attacks – in a process…

The trumpet administration has been in Sudan’s brutally repressive country – and against US terrorist attacks – in a process currently the highest court, angry victims and veteran groups.

The case is about the bombing of USS Cole, a US warship, of al-Qaeda on October 12, 2000. The vessel docked in Yemen to suspect when suicide bomber in a small explosive boat attacked it and killed 17 US seamen and injured 39 others. It was one of the lethal and more brutal attacks on al-Qaeda at that time but exceeded soon when aircraft hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon less than a year later on 9/1

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2010 victim of the USS Cole attack and their spouses filed a federal trial against the northeastern African country in Sudan, claiming that it had given support to the terrorists who carried out the attack – a claim that the country denies.


 Avinesh Kumar holds her 18-month-old daughter Preshilla, when she puts a coffin's kiss under the services of USS Cole sailor Lakiba Nicole Palmer, October 20, 2000 in San Diego, California.

Avinesh Kumar holds her 18-month-old daughter Preshilla, as she praises her mother’s chest during the services of USS Cole sailor Lakiba Nicole Palmer, October 20, 2000 in San Diego, California. David McNew / Newsmakers via Getty Images

Sudan’s Islamic government worked near Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the early 1990s, giving the group a haven and other support, but eventually bin Laden and his organization kicked 1996 – several years before the Cole attack. But the victims argue that the group could not have done that attack without the support it had received from the Sudanese government for years.

“Sudan’s material support … including continuous flow of money, money, weapons, logistical support, diplomatic passport and religious blessing was crucial to enabling the USS Cole attack,” lawyers of the families said in court documents describing their case .

Sudan has also been on the United States list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993 and one of the seven Muslim majority countries was listed on President Donald Trump’s original travel ban.


 A gaping hole marched the USS Cole after a terrorist bomb exploded and killed 17 US seamen and injured 39 others on October 12, 2000 in Aden, Yemen.

A gaping hole March port of USS Cole after a terrorist bomb exploded and killed 17 US seamen and injured 39 others on October 12, 2000 in Aden, Yemen. US Navy / Getty Images

In 2012, a US court of justice in the USS Cole victims was granted “orders and orders Sudan to award them $ 315 million.

But then it became complicated. Sudan appealed against the decision saying that The government was not properly informed about the trial. And here’s why: The USS Cole victims sent their federal trial to the Sudan Embassy in Washington, not its Foreign Ministry in Khartoum, the country’s capital. In fact, Sudan said the trial was not valid because it was sent to wrong address.

It led to a supreme court hearing on Wednesday, where lawyers for both US victims and Sudanese government did their cases. Sudan has found a surprising alliance in the mood: Trump Administration.

And guess what? They could win.

The case is about where to send a trial to a foreign country. Seriously.

Arise The name of the address of the trial’s envelope is related to long-term international law.

Two statutes are the most important here. Firstly, there is a 1961 international convention called the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The United States has signed the agreement and lawyers for both Sudan and the United States say it prohibits people from sending a trial to a country’s embassy because it would threaten the “inviolability” of the mission.

In other words, a country’s diplomats, embassies, and diplomatic homes are not subject to the laws of the foreign countries where they are stationed, but rather to the laws of their homeland.

The other – and that which is primarily relevant in this supreme court – is an American law, the law of foreign sovereign immunity from 1976. It is said that if a plaintiff wishes to send a foreign government a trial by mail, it must be “addressed and sent to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “

These laws by the United States and Sudan argued before the Supreme Court, suggesting that Khartoum was wrongly served with the trial – and that is why the justice should reverse the previous sentence of the victim’s service.

If you think Washington and Khartoum’s case is stupid, it’s not entirely true that three lawyers at the US-based law firm Steptoe & Johnson wrote in January.

“While the rules of the process of serving a foreign sovereign may seem pathetic and technical, they must be carefully navigated in any US trial involving foreign governments, regardless of the benefits of the underlying dispute,” wrote Michael Baratz, Steven Davidson and Brian Egan. “Otherwise, a plaintiff risks the termination of procedural reasons that can be avoided.”

The Sudanese Embassy and the White House did not respond to Vox’s multiple requests for comments. The US Department of Justice said it had no comment.


 Supreme Court in the United States on November 8, 2018 the day after the USS Cole victim's hearing against the Sudanese government.

Supreme Court of the United States on November 8, 2018, the day following the hearing of USS Cole victim against the Government of Sudan. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Kannon Shanmugam, the lawyer of the victim, who declined an interview for this article, told the nine justice they have already spent this year. Overdrawing the previous win would require them to restart the legal process after waiting so long.

He also argued that Sudan Civil War has made it difficult to find someone who would go all the way to Khartoum to determine the trial and it was also reasonable to assume that the embassy would send the message to where it needed to go.

It is unclear what way the Supreme Court Justice will rule on yesterday’s hearings. Higher leaning judge John Roberts and left leaning justice Elena Kagan seem to agree to send trial proceedings until the embassy was allowed. Meanwhile, the newest justice – Conservative Brett Kavanaugh – and Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer thought the documents should have been addressed to Sudan’s Foreign Ministry.

But the biggest question remains: Why would the US side of Sudan, a country that for years held Osama bin Laden and is in state department state sponsors of the terrorist list?

Why the United States is on Sudan’s side

Assistant Solicitor General Erica Ross, the Justice Department Attorney for the Supreme Court heard it quite clear why America supports Sudan and not US victims of a devastating terrorist attack: the United States wants trials against it from other countries “just into our courts under the same circumstances as we ask abroad,” she told the fair.

In other words, the United States does not think that a trial was sent to the Sudan Embassy in Washington, because then others can release legal papers on America’s hundreds of visits abroad. It would almost certainly make it easier for people around the world to sue in the United States.

So the Trump administration is collaborating with a repressive government to protect itself from future legal issues. It’s not a moral attitude, but it’s a lot of self-interest. And the United States has legitimate concerns here.

The United States military, for example, helps Saudi Arabia commit war crimes in its war in Yemen. The United States has also imposed sanctions on Iran that make it harder for Iranian citizens to get food, water and medicine.

If Yemeni or Iranians would sue the US government about these measures, it would be harder to send a full legal document to appropriate people in the state department than it would be to just drop it off at a US embassy in or near its countries.

Therefore, it makes cold, computation for the United States to the side of Sudan in this trial. Of course, the victims and families in the USS Cole attack do not make it any less angry.

“Our own country, landing sides of terrorists,” David Matthew Morales, who was injured on the ship, told reporters on Wednesday. “It was very harmful.” He wears a small piece of a metal-blown loose from USS Cole with him wherever he goes.

Updated to include the Department of Justice’s reply that it had no comment after publication.

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