Al-Rayi Al-Aam paper trial postponed [Archives:2006/938/Local News]

April 17 2006

SANA'A, April 16 ) During its Saturday's session, the West Capital Court approved referring appeals by Al-Rai Al-Aam newspaper's defense team to the prosecution to complete investigating the case.

Al-Rai Al-Aam's defense team claimed that lawyers suing actions against private newspapers instigate killing, inflame feelings of Muslims and collect money through illegal means. These lawyers have been accused of receiving money in dollar from foreign countries.

During the session, the court decided to eliminate all the suits and appeals having no relevance to the case. It heard the Press and Publication Prosecution's response to the appeal filed by Al-Rai Al-Aam defense team. The prosecution insisted the legal evidence is provided in testimony against Al-Rai Al-Aam paper that republished the Prophet cartoons.

The defense team of newspapers, represented by Allaw's Advocacy Office, insisted the suits filed against their clients (the newspapers that republished prophet cartoons) are not true, saying the case only concerns the Press and Publications Prosecution.