Al-Moayyad transferred to hospital [Archives:2005/886/Front Page]

October 17 2005

Mohammed bin Sallam
SANA'A- Oct. 13 – Sources at the Islah Party reported last Thursday that Sheikh Mohamed al-Moayyad, who was sentenced to 75 years in jail in the U.S., is in bad health.

Al-Moayyad's health has deteriorated over the last two days and his bad condition led to his transference to a hospital in the U.S. city of New York.

Saudi Newspaper, Al-Watan quoted a U.S. source close to the prison security apparatuses saying, “The prison authorities rushed Sheikh Mohamed al-Moayyad quickly to the hospital after a sudden deterioration in his health on Wednesday.”

Sheikh Mohamed al-Moayyad is accused of funding financial support to Muslim terror organizations, of which the most important are the Palestinian Hamas Movement and al-Qaeda Network, led by the Saudi national Osama Bin Laden.

For his part, the communication officer in the U.S. Federal Prison Department denied that Sheikh Mohammed al-Moayyad is in the intensive care unit, but he was transferred to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in the State of North Carolina because of asthma. “al-Moayyad is now in good health,” he said.

The U.S. official refused to give more information about al-Moayyad's condition and pointed out: ” there should be an exclusive statement for talking about such issues.”

The FMC consists of administrative facilities for hosting male prisoners of different levels.

The national committee for defending Sheikh Mohamed al-Moayyad and his aide Mohamed Zaid held last Thursday the U.S. Administration accountable for any deterioration in al-Moayyad's health.

In a statement distributed last Thursday to different media means, the committee attributed the deterioration of al-Moayyad's condition to the deliberate ignorance by the U.S. Administration, which is accused of committing flagrant practices since it prevented officials in the Yemeni Embassy in Washington from visiting the prisoner and attorneys from defending him.

The statement reads: “the U.S. Administration was not satisfied by the oppressive ruling against al-Moayyad but it, moreover, deliberated to inflect on him psychological torture and prevent him from making telephone calls with his family. Such conducts exacerbated the condition of Sheikh al-Moayyad who suffers from diabetes and asthma.”

The statement blamed the U.S. Administration for maltreating Sheikh al-Moayyad in spite of his being in the intensive care unit.

The national committee for defending al-Moayyad called on those who have clear consciences, human communities and human rights organizations to exert pressure on the U.S. Administration to free the aged man and offer him medical treatment.