NY Judge Frees Up Money for Cole Victims' Kin

April 21, 2009 - 4:45 PM
A federal judge in New York has unfrozen more than $13 million from Sudanese bank accounts to compensate the families of the 17 sailors killed in the attack on the USS Cole.
Richmond, Va. (AP) - A federal judge in New York has unfrozen more than $13 million from Sudanese bank accounts to compensate the families of the 17 sailors killed in the attack on the USS Cole.
 
In an order dated last week, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ordered several banks to release the money to the 59 family members.
 
A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., in 2007 agreed with the families' claim that Sudan provided money and training that allowed al-Qaida to attack the Navy destroyer in Yemen nearly nine years ago.
 
The court battle over the release of frozen Sudanese assets was conducted in New York because that's where the banks are located.