Houthis continue seizure of private assets in Sanaa

Houthis continue seizure of private assets in Sanaa

Alsahwa Net- The Houthis have recently confiscated several private businesses in Sanaa claiming that seized firms belong to anti-Houthis figures.

The Houthis militants seized management of City Max, the Super clothes commercial center in Sana’a and changed the management staffers with their affiliated militants.

The Houthis often intimidate management staffers of commercial centers to force owners pay payoffs or confiscate the private assets.

A former accountant at City Max Center who requested anonymity said that the Houthis attacked the City Max Center 23 times during the past two years, according to the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper.

He indicated that the Houthis bring new pretext every time they intimidate the center to obtain the payoff by force.

So far, the Houthis collected YR350 million ($58,000) from City Max Center.

The Houthis often use this illegal collected money to finance their military effort or for personal spending by the Houthis senior leaders.

The Houthis seized recently several private businesses including C-Plas Hospital, University of Science and Technology and its affiliated hospital and Sabafon Cellphone Company.

The Houthis set up a special body known as the Judicial custodian that orchestrates seizure of private businesses of their opponents.

Saleh Al-Shaer who heads the Judicial Custodian is on direct and close connection to the Houthis’ leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, according the recent report by the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.

The report said that the Panel reported “extortion, intimidation and the illegal arrest of company managers and bank directors, with threats of accusing them of collaboration and spying for the enemy unless they comply with judicial custodian orders.”

The report said Major general Motlaq Amer al-Marrani, the former deputy head of

the National Security Bureau, “played a significant role by orchestrating the arrest of bank owners, managers and staffers.”

Majority of the intimidated private businesses belongs to pro-government politicians and businessmen.

The Houthis ordered last August confiscation of eight private businesses that belong to their opponents.

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