Well, he did promise not to do it again:
U.S. law enforcement officials Friday blasted Yemen’s release of one of the leaders of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. soldiers.
The release of Jamal al-Badawi, a mastermind in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, has outraged U.S. officials.
“We are dismayed and deeply disappointed in the government of Yemen’s decision not to imprison [Jamal al-Badawi],” said a Justice Department statement issued by the Department’s National Security Division.
“We have communicated our displeasure to Yemeni officials,” the statement said.
The statement pointedly referred to al-Badawi as one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists and noted prosecutors in New York City want to get their hands on him.
“He was convicted in Yemeni courts and has been indicted in the Southern District of New York,” the Justice Department said. Officials said the decision is not consistent with cooperation between counterterrorism officials of the United States and Yemen.
Al-Badawi — who had escaped prison last year — was freed after turning himself in two weeks ago, renouncing terrorism and pledging allegiance to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to news reports.
Witnesses said al-Badawi was “receiving well-wishers at his home” in Aden, Yemen, according to The Associated Press in Sana, Yemen.
Good. We know where he is. Kill, or capture, him ASAP.