Al-Sahwa [Archives:2008/1120/Press Review]

January 14 2008

Thursday, Januwary 10, 2008
Top Stories

– Nationwide rage over secret price dose by the General People Congress's government

– Military campaign withdraws from Taiz Shara'ab district as government awaits tribal arbitration outcome

– Article 19: Yemeni authority harasses NGOs leaders, prosecutes journalists

– Hajja tribal sheikhs threaten to rebel against the government as of coming Saturday

– U.S. Ambassador's statements provokes popular outrage

The weekly reported that Chairman of the National Committee for Defending Al-Moayad and Zayed , Hamoud Al-Dharihi, said that the US Ambassador's statements regarding Sheikh Mohammad Al-Moayad and Mohammad Zayed would deepen Yemenis' animosity and hatred toward America. He explained that all Yemeni people agree that Al-Moayad and Zayed are innocent.

Al-Dharihi stressed that support for the Palestinian people is not a crime in the Arab and Islamic people and that Al-Moayad was a victim of US arrogance.” Yemenis will only rest when they see Al-Moayad and Zayed released” he added. The US ambassador to Yemen, Stephen Seche, had issued statements which aroused widespread resentments at the popular and official levels of the country.

During a press conference, organized by the Yemen Female Media Forum, the US Envoy said that sheikh Al-Moayad funneled money to Hamas movement, the US administration accused him of conspiring to support Al-Qaeda and that he is currently punished on his acts.

Responding to statements by the U.S. Ambassador, who also demanded the Yemeni government to hand over Jamal Al-Badawi, suspected of involvement in bombing the U.S. Destroyer Cole in 2000, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi said the Yemeni constitution prevents handover of Yemenis to foreign states. He further pointed out that Seche's remarks regarding Sheikh Mohammad Al-Moayad is a premature statement, adding that his arrest contravenes the international human rights laws and conventions, particularly as Hamas Movement receives funds from most of the Arab states and organizations.