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YEMEN’S HOUTHI COURT SENTENCES VETERAN JOURNALIST TO DEATH

SANAA, Yemen, A Yemeni security court here, under the control of Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi movement, sentenced, Wednesday, a veteran journalist to death, over charges of spying for neighbouring Sunni Saudi Arabia.

Yahya al-Jubaihi, 61, was convicted of “illegally establishing contact with a foreign state, which is Saudi Arabia, and providing its diplomats in Sanaa, with reports that posed harm to Yemen’s army, political position and economy, in return for 4,500 Saudi riyals (1,200 U.S. dollars), from Riyadh since 2010.”

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, however, strongly condemned the heavy sentence against al-Jubaihi, saying, he was a well-known veteran journalist across Yemen, and accusing Houthis of “targeting the freedom of the press.”

The Houthis ousted Saudi-backed internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and seized control of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in Sept, 2014.

Saudi Arabia led a military coalition and intervened in the Yemeni conflict since Mar, 2015, via an air campaign.

The campaign is attempting to restore power to expelled President Hadi and his government.

So far, some 10,000 Yemenis have been killed, in the air campaign and ground battles, with three million others displaced.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK