Editorial: Acquittal of Sudan

In the news he US Supreme Court on Tuesday prevented American sailors injured in the deadly 2000 Al Qaeda bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole from collecting $314.7 million in damages from the government of Sudan for its alleged role in the attack.
The justices overturned a lower court’s decision that had allowed the sailors to collect the damages from certain banks that held Sudanese assets.
The decision represented a major victory for Sudan, which denies that it provided any support to the Al Qaeda militant group for the attack in Yemen.
In 2012, a federal judge in Washington issued a default judgment of $314.7 million against Sudan. Individual plaintiffs were to receive between $4 million and $30 million each.
A separate judge in New York later ordered certain banks to turn over assets they had held for Sudan to partially satisfy the judgment. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld those orders in 2015.
Khartoum welcomed the ruling of the high court saying it represents an important step towards refuting allegations about Sudan’s links to terrorist operations.
As far as the ruling represented a major victory to Sudan, it also serves the US justice institutions through proving that justice is independent and protected by the power of the law.
The ruling shows the US Administration paradox which Sudan can benefit from in favour of its national issues if we understand the nature of the American civil and military institutions.
Sudan was subject to US embargo through administrative order for more than 2 decades, during which Sudan could have brought the issue to the American courts against the US Administration with the possibility of wining the case and may be getting compensation.
The US security institutions testified that Sudan’s record is free from any terrorism activity, and lauded the cooperation of Sudan in anti-terrorism activities.
We urge our Foreign Ministry to follow up the case to get the final ruling to block any hostile moves that might obstruct the ruling.

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