Sheikh Al-Moayed needs to be moved to a hospital [Archives:2008/1190/Local News]

September 15 2008

Almigdad Mojalli
SANA'A, Sep13 ) Sheikh Mohammed Al-Moayed's lawyer has asked Yemeni authorities to exert pressure on the U.S. administration to move Al-Moayed, currently in prison in Brooklyn, New York, to a hospital for medical treatment.

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Moayed was arrested in 2003 by order of the U.S., which accused him of having connections with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic resistance movement Hamas.

Ibrahim Al-Moayed, the son of the sheikh Mohammed Al-Moayed, stated that his father's lawyer had confirmed that the sheikh's critical condition requires him to be moved to a hospital.

He said that the prison's doctor recommended the move due to the lack of adequate facilities or appropriate medicine to treat him at the prison.

Al-Moayed expressed regret that lawyer Mohammed Naji Allaw, director of the Yemeni National Organisation for Defending Rights and Freedoms -also known as Hood, could, for unknown reasons, only meet his father once.

He added that his father complained, in a phone call last week, of the obstinacy of the prison administration in restricting his access to letters and newspapers.

According to Al-Moayed, an U.S. appeal court will issue its decision on his father, Sheikh Al-Moayed, later this month.

Sheikh Mohammad Al-Moayed, a leading Islah party member, 78, and his assistant Mohammed Mohsen Zayed, 32, were arrested January 2003 in Germany.

They were turned over to the U.S. after the German Federal Constitutional Court approved their extradition on 13 November 2003.

A Yemeni CIA agent named Muhammad Al-Ansi induced Al-Moayed from Sana'a to Germany, where he was arrested by order of the U.S., which accused him of having connections with members of the Al-Qaeda organization and the Islamic resistance movement Hamas.

On 28 July 2005, a Brooklyn court sentenced Al-Moayed to 75 years in prison and fined him $1.25 million. The sentence provoked disappointment and discontent among Yemeni political parties, tribal leaders and citizens alike, who turned out in numbers to demonstrate against the inhumane treatment Al-Moayed and Zayed face while detained in U.S. prison.