February 5, 2008
NORFOLK, Va. -- Family members of the 17 sailors killed in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen want to use a new federal law to reopen their lawsuit seeking more than $100 million in damages from Sudan.
U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar ruled in July that Sudan provided training and logistics that allowed al-Qaeda terrorists to bomb the Navy destroyer. Doumar ordered Sudan to pay about $8 million for lost wages and earnings potential but said he was barred by law from awarding the families money for pain and suffering.
Lawyers for the families filed court papers last week asking him to reopen the case. They cited the Justice for Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism Act, which President Bush signed Jan. 28. It allows terrorism victims to seek punitive damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress. -- AP