On Charges of Spying for the Coalition Countries, a Displaced Woman Facing Execution

The trial session of the detainee in Houthi prisons, “Hanan Al-Muntaser”, who was arrested in 2019 with another person, “Mohammed Al-Bashari”, is scheduled to be held in Sana’a, the Specialized Criminal Court under the control of the Houthis, after they were accused of spying for the Arab coalition countries.

Hanan al-Muntaser, a 43-year-old mother of five children, the youngest of whom is disabled, was kidnapped from among her children on charges of spying for the coalition countries, a charge that is enough for the Houthi group to sentence her to death as happened with 3 other female prisoners. In the indictment, the criminal prosecution in Sana’a, which is under the control of the Houthis, demanded that the capital punishment be imposed on her and the other detainee, Mohammed al-Bashari, after she spent two and a half years of torture and enforced disappearance inside the Houthi detention centers and was denied communication with the outside world for a long time.

One of her friends stated to ACJ that Hanan al-Muntaser is a displaced woman from Al-Hodeidah Governorate who had to escape the scourge of war from her city to Sana’a. However, the Houthi group kidnapped her from her home to an undisclosed detention center. She was interrogated for three weeks, and she was transferred to the central prison where she stayed for 17 days in a solitary confinement to be allowed after that to mingle with the female prisoners, provided that she did not talk about the reasons for her arrest.

 Hanan’s husband has disappeared since 2009 in mysterious circumstances and his fate has remained unknown until this moment. She is the only breadwinner for her children who have become without a breadwinner after their mother was abducted. In prison, Hanan works in making some hand-crafts as she makes incense burners and ashtray out of plaster, as well as making accessories to provide a living for her children.

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