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Yemeni Terrorist Suspect Steps on Reporter's Toes

POSTED: 09:31 PM ET, 05/19/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Jaber Elbaneh, one of the world's most-wanted terrorism suspects, was jailed over the weekend, but not before the Yemeni man quite literally ran into the Post's Craig Whitlock.

A previous Post story shows how 41-year-old Elbaneh was allowed to roam free in his native country under the personal protection of Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, despite having a $5 million bounty on his head.

Whitlock, camera in tow, snapped a photo of Elbaneh walking into a Yemeni court last month, noting that prosecutors had refused to arrest him. He accidentally stepped on Whitlock's toes.

Elbaneh, a U.S.-Yemeni citizen and accused member of the so-called Lackawanna Six, a group of young men from Buffalo who traveled to Afghanistan in the spring of 2001 to train in al-Qaeda camps, was convicted in absentia by a Yemeni court in 2006 and sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in attacks on foreign oil workers.

He is being retried on those charges, with 35 other defendants, but had been free on bail until Sunday.

By Derek Kravitz |  May 19, 2008; 9:31 PM ET
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