Those accused of an assassination attempt on Saleh are imprisoned by his killers

Those accused of an assassination attempt on Saleh are imprisoned by his killers

The eight-year-old daughter Ghazal Ibrahim al-Hammadi dreams of living as her likes of children with her father who is behind bars, and her mother hopes her husband would return to her.

Ghazal is a young daughter who participated in the peaceful youth revolution in Yemen that erupted in the Arab Spring revolutions, but today he is with four companions in the political Security prison (intelligence) in the capital Sana'a, which is run by the al-Houthi group on charges of attempting to assassinate former Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh before eight Years.

A major explosion took place in the presidential palace Mosque (Sana'a State House) in June June 2011 at the height of the anti-Saleh protests, and on the day, military commanders and government officials, including Shura Council speaker Abdelaziz Abdul Ghani, were killed and Saleh, who was seriously injured, was transferred to Saudi Arabia for treatment.

Saleh's opponents in the dissident army, tribesmen and politicians who had been allied with him during the past decades were indicted, and a massive campaign of arrests over the day exceeded the number of 100 detainees, but then everyone was released, leaving only five people, Ibrahim Al Hammadi, and Shuaib Al-baajari. Abdullah al-Taami, Ghaleb el-Izri and Mohammed Omar.

Mokhtar Al Hammadi, a cousin of the island, says that his brother Ibrahim and his companions continue to face secret trials in the political security apparatus and face confessions taken from them under torture.

No incriminating evidence.

The former lawyer of the five detainees, Abdirahman Barman, points out that there is no evidence in the case file to convict them of any offence, explaining that they were subjected to enforced disappearance for more than eight months before being exploited by former President Saleh because of their affiliation to the revolution, prior to his signing of the Gulf initiative that took him off About the decision to transfer their case to the Public Prosecutor's office.

The Al Jazeera net added that their case lasted for more than two years, "at a time when Yemeni law forbids any serious case to remain for more than six months, because they had no evidence to keep them without release or trial."

Following the inauguration of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, large demonstrations were held to demand the release of the detainees, which was achieved by the removal of dozens of them, including a woman, but pressure exerted on Hadi and the threat of Saleh party to withdraw from the government and stop his representatives in the dialogue Conference to attend the sessions hindered the exit of the five Detainees who are still behind bars until today.

Lawyer Barman explains the pressure exerted by Saleh's party by turning the five detainees into court, and forcing the judge appointed at the time to be a forum to step down from the case at its first hearing, just before the resignation of another judge, who also accused him of being a hostile party to Saleh, which caused the trials to stop before The coup d'état against the legitimate government in 2014.

Barman accused the General People's Congress party of practicing such extortion against judges and forcing them to step down, knowing they would judge the release of the detainees because of the poor evidence presented, he said.

Al-Jazeera has tried to take statements from Mohammed al-Masowari, the former president's lawyer, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, but refused to speak or respond to those accusations.

The killer is a Jailer

In a strange paradox, the five detainees are languishing in the case of Saleh's assassination attempt in the political security prison run by the al-Houthi group, which killed Saleh in December last year, after a dispute between them reached the end of fighting in the streets of Sanaa, which lasted for days.

Yahya Badreddine al-Houthi, the brother of the al-Houthi leader, issued in May 2016 a written directive to the public prosecutor to release the five accused of the bombing of the al-Presidency House mosque, which angered Saleh, and ordered special forces loyal to him to move them from the central prison in Sana'a to the political security prison, defying the directives Huthi's brother.

Mokhtar Al Hammadi, brother of the detainee Ibrahim, wonders why his brother remained in prison despite the killing of Saleh “Shouldn't the Houthis be honoured if they tried to assassinate their most enemies?" ".

In response to those questions, the al-Houthi leader, Ibrahim al-Obaidi, called on the families of the five detainees to petition the prosecution if no convictions were found.

"We are in a state of law and order, and we cannot imprison anyone unless there is evidence against him, and we do not care who the adversary is, whether he is righteous or otherwise, there are accusations and evidence against them that keep them in prison, even if there is no evidence that they would be outside the prison," al-Obaidi said.

"If their families are certain that there is no evidence and they are innocent, then they can complain through their lawyers and may be released as soon as possible," he added.

But lawyer Barman says that any decision by the court--which he described as "illegal"--will not be accepted, describing what is happening in the trials of the "futility of being tried (al-Houthi group) a gang that took over the country and killed Saleh, and today claims to be the one who tried to kill Saleh."


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