Kuwait top court clears alleged Qaeda cell


Kuwait’s supreme court on Sunday confirmed the acquittal of six nationals charged with plotting attacks on a US military base in 2009 after forming an Al-Qaeda cell, one of their lawyers said. The ruling is final after the men were also acquitted by a lower court in May 2010 and by the court of appeal in November 2010, Abdullah al-Kundari said in a statement. The men, along with two other fugitives, were charged with plotting to attack the US military base at Arifjan, 70 km (45 miles) south of Kuwait City, that is home to more than 15,000 American troops. The case of the two others, who were tried and acquitted in absentia by the lower courts, did not come up before the supreme court because they are still outside the country. Five of the men were arrested in August 2009 while the sixth defendant was already serving a life sentence for a 2002 attack on the US military in Kuwait that killed an American soldier