The Houthis refer 12 accused persons to the Specialized Criminal Court on charges of spying for Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates including 2 women aged 35 who work for Political Security Organization. One of them works as the assistant manager of the entitlements department. Whereas the other one works as the assistant manager of payroll section. The prosecutions run by Houthis called for the death penalty in accordance with articles 126, 127, 128 of the Penal Code in Yemen. It is expected that the court hearings would begin within the next few days.
The group of accused includes Ammar Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, Deputy Head of the National Security Organization, Mohamed Essam Al-Maleki, a former National Security official, Director of the guidance department General Ali Mohamed Al-Shahethi, Manager of school broadcast in Ministry of Education in Houthi-held areas Nabil Al-Anisi, and Abdulrazaq Al- Sanani School’s Principal Sameer Al-Amari.
American Center for Justice (ACJ) expressed its deep concern in a previous statement about referring 46 abductees affiliated with General People’s Congress including the journalist Sultan Ahmed Qutran, who has been in detention for three years, General Nabeel Ali Al-Qars, General Eskandar Ghurab, Nabeel Shuja’a al-Deen along with many officers and activists to the criminal prosecution by the Houthis.
The statement said that the continuation of the trails of the detainees and abductees by a court which has been abolished by the highest judicial authority in Yemen, High Judicial Council, is regarded as a violation of the constitution, Judicial Authority Act of Yemen, and international laws and customs. Besides this court lacks the minimum level of justice and fairness since the judges were hired by Houthis and affiliated with them. These judges make sure to issue sever sentences most of which are death sentences after mistrials in their courts where the sentenced persons are not allowed to defend themselves as guaranteed in the constitution and law.
ACJ also called the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, all international organizations and agencies and human rights activists to intensify their efforts and to put pressure on Houthis in order to stop the unfair trails and judicial proceedings based on confessions under torture. ACJ also called for providing the necessary protection for the sentenced persons and saving them from such unfair trails.
American Center for Justice (ACJ) added that the continued arbitrary detention and trails conducted by Houthis were violations of the human right to life, freedom and safety and anyone found involved in these trails should be held criminally responsible before the law.