Female accused of joining the groupJournalists denied access to fanatics’ trial hearings [Archives:2003/634/Front Page]

May 5 2003

Yemeni authorities refused Wednesday to allow journalists attend the fourth hearing in the trial of the assassin of Jarallah Omar, imposing intensive security measures around the court premises while the murderer of the US doctors refuted the constitutionality and legitimacy of the Yemeni Criminal Law and Constitution.
Sources at the court said the decision of not permitting non-government journalists to be in was taken by the General Prosecutor and Minister of Interior. On his part, the assassin Ali Jarallah refused to answer the question by Judge Abdularahman Jahaf unless the media were present. He also demanded that his case should be separated from that of the other 11 suspects charged with working with him to carry out a series of terrorist acts against some secular-minded politicians, journalists and intellectuals as well as missionaries. However, the 11 suspects refused the charges and that they should be released on bail. But the prosecutor refused their demand. Yemeni official media reported that the suspects confessed while being interrogated that Ali Jarallah provided them with money and weapons and that they agreed with him to go to Palestine or Chechnya. One of the suspects called Mamoun Mujahid Ghalib said that he met Ali Jarallah several times and that he used to tell him about traveling to Palestine and that the Makarimah sect has been painted as infidel according to a fatwa or religious edict issued by Abdulmajeed al-Zindani and Omar Ahmad Saif. Other suspects confessed they received some cases from Ali Jarallalh and distributed them to some other people along with the niece of the assassin. The prosecution accused Amal al-Dhawi, Ali Jarallah's niece, of working with this terrorist gang as she participated with the group in distributing messages from her uncle calling them for Jihad and that she also took part in distributing the cases which their content is not known.

The family of Jarallah Omar refused to attend the trial sessions as it believed investigation into the assassination which took place last December had not been completed.

In IBB, the murderer of the US doctors last December admitted his committing of the crime and the devices he used in it, but he refuted last Wednesday the legitimacy of the Yemeni criminal law which he said was not Islamic. Abed Alkamil also demanded that a committee should be set up to study the researches made by Ali Jarallah with whom he planned the terrorist operations. His advocate demanded that he should be given a copy of the case file and meet his client.