President Saleh sued by HOOD [Archives:2006/956/Local News]

June 19 2006

SANA'A, June 18 ) The HOOD National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms sued for compensation in a lawsuit against President Saleh over the detention of a Yemeni citizen for six years in a political security prison for unclear personal reasons.

The human rights organization urged the judiciary to oblige President Saleh to pay 100 million (YR) in compensation to Ahmad Ali Bin Muaili for what he lost during his allegedly unlawful detention.

In a statement on its website, HOOD said that it pursued legal action against President Saleh in the South Capital Court Saturday through Allaw's Advocacy Foundation after security authorities refused to implement the prosecution's decisions concerning the release of Bin Muaili. The statement said that the suit complies with Article No. 51 of the Yemeni Constitution that stipulates that every citizen has the right to resort to the judiciary to protect his or her legal rights and property.

HOOD explained that it began following the case in 1998 immediately after security authorities arrested Bin Muaili without any order from the relevant government bodies.

“The victim anded in jail for an entire year, then released and detained once again in the Passport Authority's jail. He remained jailed for four months over the charge of being a non-Yemeni,” the HOOD statement reads. “On May 6, 2001 olitical security arrested Bin Muaili for the third time and threw him in jail for a week prior to transferring him to the Central Security's jail.”

Attempting to make the relevant authorities compensate the victim, HOOD indicated that President Saleh has failed to perform his duties in conformity with the Constitution, as he has not protected Bin Muaili's dignity and freedom.

Bin Muaili established a radio in Iraqi territory criticizing the Saudi government. After relations between Yemen and Saudi Arabia warmed, Bin Muaili was subjected to imprisonment and oppression by Yemeni officials deferent to Saudi interests, legal sources said.