AL-UMMA: Sanaa weekly, [Archives:1998/31/Press Review]

August 3 1998

30-7-98.  (Al-Haqq Party)
Main Headline:
1- Following a 5-hour visit to Sanaa, the Saudi Foreign Minister agrees with the Yemeni government that special committees should resume border demarcation activities.
2- Pending the issuance of an administrative divisions law, 2 new governorates – Amran & Dhali’ – have been created by a republican decree.
3- An attempt by 4 men to kidnap a Dutch agriculture expert and his wife in Dhamar fails due to the couple’s resistance. The same man was kidnapped last February, and his previous abductors are currently detained by police.
4- 156 cases of HIV positive patients were discovered in Sanaa. Most of them come from neighboring countries.
Article Summary:
Mosque Killing
By Yasser Al-Hawri
The motives behind the stabbing to death of an Egyptian mosque speaker in Sanaa are still shrouded in mystery despite the arrest of the murderer. Sheikh Mohammed Salah escaped persecution in Egypt and came to Yemen 11 years ago. He is married with 5 children.
The killer (has Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian nationalities) visited the victim the day before the murder. He alleged that he wanted to marry a Serbian woman, and wanted Sheikh Salah to bear witness to her conversion into Islam. An appointment was made for the next day.
Despite carrying a gun, the murderer used the traditional Yemeni jambia to stab Sheikh Salah. The victim was able to shout for help while the killer tried to escape with his accomplice waiting in a car nearby. But passers-by were able to apprehend him and hand him over to the police.