Jailed for laughing [Archives:2008/1163/Reportage]

May 12 2008

By: Rashad Al-Sharaabi

Yemeni journalist Mohamad al-Mokaleh has been in prison for two months for… laughing in court during the trial of another journalist.

State prosecutors have accused Mohamad al-Mokaleh of “attacking and defaming the judicial system”” for his outburst of laughter last April during the trial of fellow dissident journalist Abed al-Karim al-Khiwami.

The Yemeni Criminal Court responsible for the state's security matters has set a date for al-Mokaleh's trial on June 15