Is Al Jazeera (search) guilty of a crime when it films terrorists in the act? A court may soon decide.
On May 31st, a Saudi truck driver named Su’aydan Sa’dun Su’aydan was kidnapped in Iraq while taking supplies to a military camp near Fallujah. His captors tried to recruit him to become a suicide bomber. When he refused, the leader of the group sentenced him to death.
While awaiting his execution, Su’aydan heard his captors call the local Al Jazeera correspondent, who arrived a short time later. Su’aydan was forced to read a statement in front of the Al-Jazeera camera and was told his execution would take place on June 4, after Friday prayers.
But on the day of the execution, Su’aydan escaped during a gun battle between U.S. forces and members of the group that was holding him. When he arrived in Kuwait on June 5th, the Saudi trucker saw his Al Jazeera interview rebroadcast on BBC.
Outraged, Su’aydan found a lawyer and says he will sue Al Jazeera for collaborating with his kidnappers. His lawyer claims that Al Jazeera had prior knowledge about the place where his client was being held, the identity of the kidnappers and their intentions. He also plans to sue BBC and the U.S. subcontractors for whom he worked.
This looks like a bit more than a frivolous lawsuit.
And that’s the Asman Observer.
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