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Houthis Militia Commits War Crime, by Issuing Extra-legal Death Sentence

Saturday, 3/2/2018

SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties, condemned the death sentence issued by the Houthis-controlled Specialized Penal Court in Sana’a, against three Yemenis, including one woman, on charges of forming a network of espionage and recruiting agents to the UAE and to communicate and work in favour of what it called “States of aggression”; Arab Coalition.

SAM said in a press release today that the court, convened on Tuesday, 30/1/2018, by judge Mohammed Muflih, and sentenced to death Asma Matir Al-Omisi, Saeed Mahfouz Al-Rouishid, Ahmed Abdullah Bawazeer, and 15 years imprisonment to Matir Mohammed Al-Omaisi, and confiscation of all seizures related to the case is illegitimate court.

SAM indicated that Asma Al-Omisi, was arrested on 5 October 2016, with her father and two neighbours by Houthis, while traveling from Ibb to Sana’a, and was tortured, mistreated and disappeared, and charged with “collaboration with enemy”, due to her ex-marriage to Al-Qaeda element. Asma was detained for two months at the CID and moved to the central prison, where she was tortured, physically abused and humiliated.

SAM noted that hundreds of female inmates are subjected to violations daily at Houthis prisons, including torture and humiliation, adding that the female wardens lacks experience and qualification to manage such prisons.

The Organization warned against using the judiciary as a cover up to execute abducted Yemenis at Houthis prisons, some for more than two years, and they are political activists, academia, students and businessmen, noting that the Houthis-controlled courts, lack minimum standards of fair trial, where the sentences issued does not match charges filed.

SAM also, indicated that, since Houthis control over Sana’a in September 2014, death sentences increased, where on 12/4/2017, the state security court issued death sentence to journalist Yahya Al-Jubaihi, for charges of collaborating with Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen, and to colonel Abdulmajeed Abdulhameed Alous, for charges of supporting the aggression and forming armed gang, titled “Northern Resistance in Sana’a”, who was subjected to torture and one year enforced disappearance. On 2/1/2018, the Specialized Penal Court, issued death sentence against Hamid Haidra, on charges related to his Baha’i Faith. Same court has issued a death sentence and confiscation of properties against president Abdorabo Hadi and 6 of his senior aides.

Tawfiq Al-Humeidi, SAM spokesman said “the increasing death sentences is attributed to the defected justice system in the country due to Houthis control over the judiciary system”.  “issuing death sentence against civilians without fair trial is a gross violation to the local and international laws, and is a war crime, being issued by biased court and in unfair trial, also disregarding basic rights as defined by the international law for human rights and the international humanitarian law”.

SAM expressed its deep concern for Houthis’ manipulation of the judiciary for political purposes, and called the international community to act immediately to stop Houthis violations, conduct an international investigation to such violations, and held perpetuators to account.

SAM Organization called Houthis, the de facto power, to commit to the international treaties that regulate human rights and the IHL, and to exert all efforts to ensure abductees’ safety and stop these unfair trials.

SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties,

3 February 2018

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