US Supreme Court backs Sudan over USS Cole damages

The US Supreme Court overturned on Tuesday a ruling ordering Sudan to pay damages to the families of 17 servicemen…

The US Supreme Court overturned on Tuesday a ruling ordering Sudan to pay damages to the families of 17 servicemen killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

The high court ruled on procedural grounds: Under regulations related to the prosecution of foreign states, it said the Sudanese government should have been served the complaint in Khartoum instead of via its embassy in Washington.

“In cases with sensitive diplomatic implications, the rule of law demands adherence to strict rules,” the justices said in an 8-1 ruling.

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