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Sudan, USS Cole victims ask US court more time to implement compensation deal


March 25, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and the families of the victims of the attack on the U.S.S. Cole have jointly asked the court give them more time to implement a compensation deal they struck last February.

The port side damage to the guided missile destroyer USS Cole is pictured after a bomb attack during a refueling operation in the port of Aden in this October 12, 2000 (Reuters file photo)On 13 February, Sudanese Justice Minister Nasr al-Din Abdel Bari said that his government would pay $30 million to the families of the 17 sailors killed during the attack on 12 October 2000.

Abdel Bari said the settlement agreement which was signed on 7 February has explicitly affirmed that the Sudanese government is not responsible for this incident or other incidents or acts of terrorism.

However, in a Joint Status Report filed on 24 March, the plaintiffs and Sudanese government lawyers asked the U.S District Court For The Eastern District of Virginia Norfolk Division to give them an additional delay until 3rd April to implement the deal.

"The parties continue to work together closely to complete performance under the binding settlement agreement resolving all claims in the above-captioned actions," reads the joint request seen by Sudan Tribune.

"The parties propose to further update the Court on the status of the settlement agreement no later than Friday, April 3, 2020, and respectfully request that the Court continue the stay of all proceedings and deadlines in these actions through that date".

No details have transpired about the reasons for the delay.

However, Sudanese government which is actually facing huge economic challenges might be not able to honour its commitments to the relatives of the victims.

Trump administration, following calls of the victims and their families, says it will not remove Sudan from the blacklist of terror states unless Khartoum pays compensations to the victims.

The Associated Press last February reported that Sudan, in fact, would pay $70 million

"Adam Hall, a lawyer for the families of the victims, said Sudan would provide $70 million to be split among families of the 17 people killed as well as 15 sailors who were injured in the attack. That money is on top of $14 million that was awarded in an earlier case.

Hall added that $30.6 million is dedicated to the families of the dead and $39.4 million goes to those who were injured.


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  • 26 March 2020 09:27, by Fathi

    "Trump administration, following calls of the victims and their families, says it will not remove Sudan from the blacklist of terror states unless Khartoum pays compensations to the victims."

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    • 26 March 2020 09:32, by Fathi

      Let’s be honest, the Trump administration doesn’t give a damn about calls of the victims and their families. If he cared about victims, then 9/11 victims and first responders wouldn’t have to beg for money to be placed in the victim’s fund so they can cover medical expenses.

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      • 26 March 2020 09:34, by Fathi

        The US could’ve easily passed a law that would’ve held Saudi Arabia responsible for 9/11. We all know the difference is that Saudi Arabia has the money to legally bribe US politicians so that it won’t be held accountable.

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        • 26 March 2020 09:38, by Fathi

          My question is why isn’t Afghanistan held accountable? Why was Afghanistan not on the SST list? These attacks happened in 2000 off the coast of Yemen. Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda had been deported from Sudan and were chilling in Afghanistan since 1996. This was political trial. The US is incapable of being impartial.

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          • 26 March 2020 09:41, by Fathi

            Why is it that only countries on the state sponsors of terrorism list can be held accountable? Shouldn’t any country sponsoring terrorism be held accountable?

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            • 26 March 2020 09:51, by Fathi

              Why did it take until December 2019 for the US to pass a law to prohibit using tax $ to knowingly provide weapons or any other form of support to Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jabhat Fateh al Sham, Hamas, Hizballah, Palestine Islamic Jihad, al-Shabaab, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

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              • 26 March 2020 09:53, by Fathi

                US Senator Tulsi Gabbard said "Unfortunately, in their dogged pursuit of regime change war, leaders in Washington have used taxpayer dollars to fund programs that directly and indirectly support terrorist groups like al-Qaeda in places like Syria.

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                • 26 March 2020 09:53, by Fathi

                  This continues in Yemen where US-support for Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen has resulted in the Saudis delivering US-weapons to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, as reported by CNN earlier this year."

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                  • 26 March 2020 09:55, by Fathi

                    If that was Sudan doing that, these guys in Washington would’ve fined Sudan a trillion dollars.

                    As you can see, the US continues with their policy "do as I say, not what I do."

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                    • 26 March 2020 09:57, by Fathi

                      To be honest, I’m surprised the US didn’t try to blame their false flag attack of 9/11 on Sudan. They’ll probably do it in the future.

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  • 26 March 2020 09:58, by Fathi

    "Trump administration, following calls of the victims and their families, says it will not remove Sudan from the blacklist of terror states unless Khartoum pays compensations to the victims."

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    • 26 March 2020 10:01, by Fathi

      I’m sure the trump administration has received more calls to remove Sudan off the terrorist list. This has nothing to do with calls/pressure. It has everything to do with Saudi & UAE paying $ to dictate US foreign policy toward Sudan.

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  • 26 March 2020 10:05, by Fathi

    I hesitate to vote for a democrat over Trump because the democrats have just as shitty of a foreign policy toward Sudan. We all remember pervy Bill and his al-shifa strikes. Also establishment Joe aka sleepy Joe Biden has dementia so he’ll likely appoint the antichrist, Susan Rice, who will likely continue to shit on Sudan.

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    • 26 March 2020 10:08, by Fathi

      Even though I’ve enjoyed laughing at Trump’s statements for the past couple of years, I’ll have to go corrupt Dems instead of MBS & MBZ running Sudan.

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      • 26 March 2020 16:38, by Eastern

        It was a bitter split - South Sudan did not carry any piece of the oil pipeline. Why should it carry the debt burden when the same was incurred in the futile effort to exterminate southern Sudanese. Blame Omar Bashir for lying to you Sudanese for more than 3 decades under the guise of religion....

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        • 27 March 2020 02:18, by Fathi


          South Sudan didn’t carry any piece of the oil pipeline but carried 75-80% of the oil. The multibillion dollar pipeline is useless without the oil lol.

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          • 27 March 2020 02:28, by Fathi

            They should carry some of the debt because some of that debt came from education, healthcare, or infrastructure spent on the south. Bashir was a dictator that came to power by military coup. We had no say on his policies. Let’s clear, anyone who voiced opposition to him was tortured, shot, or killed. We didn’t have the right to protest, freedom of press, or religion.

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            • 27 March 2020 02:36, by Fathi

              I wouldn’t characterize it as an attempt to exterminate South Sudanese only because many in the north also died. Don’t forget over half a million northerners died in our civil wars. Moreover, the SPLM engaged in gorilla warfare, which ultimately led to SAF indiscriminate air strikes on the South. This resulted in many civilian deaths in South Sudan.

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              • 27 March 2020 02:39, by Fathi

                Also, many in the north joined the struggle with south. This includes blue nile, south kordofan, and Darfur. Many of them have lost their lives. If it wasn’t for them, many would argue that south sudan wouldn’t have gained independence. By taking all the debt, they too are carrying the burden of that debt.

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                • 27 March 2020 02:49, by Fathi

                  South Sudanese fought for legitimate reasons. I place blame on racists, religious zealots of the north and the political elites who failed to establish a representative democracy and distribute wealth in a just manner. My issue is with the north taking all the debt.

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            • 27 March 2020 05:57, by Eastern


              Did you just say "we did not have the right to protest...?" Lol..southern Sudanese used the gun to protest. Continue crying over spilled milk, dude

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              • 27 March 2020 07:33, by Fathi

                Using the gun to protest resulted in millions of Sudanese + South Sudanese deaths.
                I’m not crying over spilled milk. I only brought up the debt because langbaar called Sudanese parasitic over oil proceeds but ok

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