As The Traffic Court in Sanaa Decides not to Reinvestigate the Case of Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Saqqaf’s Death Why Not Re-investigate? [Archives:1999/37/Front Page]

September 13 1999

SANAA: On the 100th day after his unfortunate passing away, the Primary Traffic Court of Sanaa issued its verdict on September 9, in regards to the demand of the heir’s lawyer, Mr. Mohamed Naji Allaw to reinvestigate the case of the death of Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Saqqaf. The public was astonished by the decision of the chairman of the court, Abdulqadir Al-Hitari to not reinvestigate the facts behind the traffic accident that caused the death of Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Saqqaf, the Founder of Yemen Times, and a beloved intellectual by all Yemenis. 
The several suspicions in the case and the many missing points in the investigation were so eye catching that the lawyer of the heirs of the late asked the judge to demand the reinspection and investigation in the case to have all the missing points complete and to assure that the accident was indeed a mere coincidence and was not intentional by any means. 
However, despite the general public’s and heir’s demand of reinvestigation, the judge surprisingly ignored them and defended the general attorney’s proceedings by stating that they were “complete, and doubtless”. It is worth mentioning that the lawyer had stated that there were many points which are suspicious and may lead to the thinking that the accident was not merely unintentional (see issue no. 25). Yemenis were very disappointment at this decision, for it is unjustifiable to prefer not to investigate while there are several questions unanswered, and several points in the investigation incomplete. It would have been wiser for the judge to have the case reinvestigated for the sake to truly convince the heirs and the public that the incident was not intentional instead of trying to cover up the faults of the attorney. In any way, the heirs are in the verge of declining their case, and simply letting the case go on suspended. 
“It is unthinkable for the judge to decide not to reinvestigate while we, the heirs and the public want the truth to be revealed. It would harm no one if the case were to be reinvestigated. I am sure even the defendants would not mind as well. This insistence not to reinvestigate only raises even more questions!” one of the heirs said.