ALWAHDAWI: Sanaa weekly, 9-12-97. (Nasserite Unionist Party) [Archives:1997/50/Press Review]

December 15 1997

Main Headlines: 1- Encouraged by regional and international powers, Yemen may resort to international arbitration in border dispute with Saudi Arabia 2- Saudi Arabia denies involvement in Aden bomb explosions, but acknowledges support for exiled opposition group – MOWJ 3- Sheikhs ask for YR 120,000 to mediate in releasing two sons of a Haraz sheikh abducted by a Jawf sheikh, state remains a spectator Article Summary: Syrian Suspect Confesses… The Syrian prime suspect in the Aden bomb explosions, Nabeel Natikly, has confessed to being on the payroll of Saudi Arabia and that he was sent to Yemen to carry out acts of sabotage and attempt to assassinate the Foreign Minister, Dr. Abdulkareem Al-Iryani. He said that he received extensive training in Saudi Arabia, along with 2 Lebanese, 5 Saudis and a Tunisian. His assignment was to try to poison the door handle of Al-Irayni’s car! Natikly was arrested after shooting an Italian tourist in a Sanaa hotel. During the trial in Aden, the suspects have exposed parts of their bodies showing signs of torture, which they alleged were the result of ‘interrogation’.