In abnormal sittingSPC rules on case of 36 Al-Houthi followers [Archives:2005/871/Local News]

August 25 2005

SANA'A- In its hearing held Monday August 24, the Specialist Penal Court (SPC) looked into the case of 36 al-Houthi followers charged with the formation of an armed band to carry out terrorist operations. 6 of them are fugitives after being accused of being involved in Sana'a's latest bombings.

The session was attended by some defense-advocates, among them Sharaf al-Dharihi and Mohammad al-Akhfash, Sa'eed al-Kushab who defend suspect Abdullah Hussein al-Fakeeh. The session proceeded in the presence of Dr. Mohammad al-Khatib and Nazih al-Emad, defense-advocates of suspect Fuad al-Emad.

At the hearing, the court decided to arrest the 6 fugitives and ordered the father of the female suspect Intisar al-Sayani to bring his daughter to the court. The judge ordered the imprisonment of al-Sayani though he convinced the judge that his daughter is ailing.

The session was attended by people affected by the acts of terror including four Iraqi experts working at the Air Defense Forces who claimed the court to give them compensations, showing a medical report from the Military Hospital on their injuries.

The Iraqi experts received different injuries as terrorists hurled a grenade at the bus they were on board in Hayel Street to the west of the capital Sana'a.

The hearing proceeded in the presence of some blood relatives including the son of the victim Hassan Ahmad al-Moayed who claimed the court to severely punish the perpetrators.

A number of lawyers who attended the court confirmed that charges attributed to their clients are incorrect and baseless and accused the court of exceeding limits of the law and violating rights of suspects. They demanded the court to rule on the cases of suspects without being influenced by any political viewpoints.

The suspects were tried in an abnormal court sitting during which they shouted: “we do not acknowledge this court and death is for Israel and the U.S.”

The prosecution demanded the court to approve compensations for the properties of people affected by the acts of perpetrators.

The suspects were accused of forming an armed band to commit acts of vandalism and killings and launch offensives on the government facilities. They were also accused of attacking senior government officials and prominent military leaders and storing large quantities of arms and explosives.