The Houthi-led government in Yemen has ordered the release of all prisoners who follow the Baha’i faith, the President of the Supreme Political Council, Mahdi Al-Mashat, announced on TV yesterday. Furthermore, there is a pardon for prisoner of conscience Hamed Bin Haydara.
On Sunday, the Court of Appeal in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, upheld the death sentence imposed on Haydara in January 2018, following what Amnesty International described as a “grossly unfair trial” that lasted almost five years after which he was found guilty of spying. He was not in court at the weekend.
“This decision, taken in Hamid Haydara’s absence, is only the latest development in what has been a flagrantly-flawed trial and indicates the lengths to which the Houthis are willing to go to consolidate their control,” said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director.
The head of the Houthi supreme political council Mahdi Al Mashat orders the Baha’i prisoners to be released including Hamid bin Haiydara the leader of the Baha’i minority in Yemen.The international pressure forced the rebels to bow. #البهائيين #Yemen #YemenCantWait pic.twitter.com/ThzWfhcW2Q
— Ali Mahmood Mohammed (@alimahmood19844) March 25, 2020
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