Yemeni authorities again fail to bring American detainee to court appearance

 Yemeni authorities failed to bring an American who has been held for nearly five years to a scheduled court appearance for the seventh successive time on Wednesday, according to his lawyers.

The absence from court of Sharif Mobley, a father of three from New Jersey, only deepens the mystery surrounding his fate since he effectively disappeared in Yemen’s judicial system.

Mobley, 30, has been held since January 2010 after being detained on suspicion of terrorist connections. He was never charged with terrorism, but was accused of murder after allegedly killing a prison guard during a botched escape attempt.