Houthis confess to abducting, disappearing 10 journalists

Houthis confess to abducting, disappearing  10 journalists

Alsahwa Net- The Houthis have confessed to admitting, disappearing 10 journalists and detaining them for about four years without referring them to courts.

The Houthi-run Specialized Penal Prosecution demanded to prosecute the abducted journalists under the penal law No. 12 of 1994.

In a memo , the Houthi prosecution said that the abductees are journalists who were abducted while performing their journalistic works.

The memo also mentioned that their cell phones and laptops were confiscated.

It further revealed that that crimes and violations were committed against the journalists and that they were arrested by what are called “ the Houthi popular committees”.

Meanwhile, the  International Federation of Journalists on Friday condemned the use of ten Yemeni journalists as hostages and bargaining chips.

In a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations General Secretary, António Guterres, and the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, IFJ urges to “bring their full authority and the powerful array of legal tools at their disposal to demand the immediate and non-negotiable release of them”.

The journalists being referred to the court are Abdulkhaleq Ahmad Emran, Akram Saleh Al-Walidi, Al-Hareth Saleh Hameed, Tawfeeq Mohammed Al-Mansouri, Hisham Ahmad Tartoum, Hisham Abdulamalek Al-Yousefi, Haitham Abdulrahman Raweh, Issam Ameen Balgheith, Hassam Abdullah Anab and Salah Mohammed Al-Qaidi.

“During the last four years of their illegal detention, those who hold them have broken all international conventions and norms on the treatment of prisoners. They were subjected to physical and psychological torture, denied health care, family visits and other basic needs,” IFJ added in a press release.

“A few days ago, we were hopeful that their ordeal was coming to an end and that they would be reunited with their families and colleagues. Instead they are now facing an unjust and bogus court”.

 

 

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