Annas [Archives:2004/781/Press Review]

October 14 2004

11 Oct. 2004
Main headlines
– Judge vacation postpones considering of al-Khaiwani case
– Opposition parties students of Sana'a University worried about the new regulation
– Gulf states need $ 300 billion to develop their oil sector in the forthcoming ten years
– Course on economic concepts and hoe to use them in media

Writer Shaker Ahmed Khalid says the Yemeni judiciary is facing a crisis of accusations increased in their tone after the recent verdicts of executions against those accused of blasting the oil tanker Limburg and the American destroyer Cole.
The judiciary is accused of its response to the American and external pressures as well as its non-neutrality and non-independence in addition to its submission to the authority directives. Such authority directives are mostly seen in cases related to cases of opinion and publication, as what has happened in the case of Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, the editor in chief of al-Shoura newspaper.
Nevertheless, judge Hamoud al-Hattar, member of the Supreme Court defends independence of judiciary and its neutrality, pointing that the recent sentences against those accused of committing act of terror in the country were not final and liable to challenge through appeal.
The appeal has the right to approve, amend, or cancel them according to the constitution.
Accusations against the Yemeni judiciary are confined to Yemeni judiciary independence exposure to multi-violations mostly by the executive power, as some would indicate. Reports indicate that judiciary power bodies also practice violations impinging upon its independence, such as random orders by judicial authorities pertaining to issues considered before the passing of verdicts. There are violations even after the passing of verdicts when there is delay in implementing the sentences by bodied concerned.