Strong Campaign Against Yousufi in Mosques [Archives:2000/26/Local News]

June 26 2000

Chief Editor of Al-Thaqafiya newspaper Samir Al-Yousufi is standing trial on three charges of offending the Almighty God and Islam, calling for profligacy and publishing the novel of late Yemeni novelist Mohammed Abdul Wali ” Sana’a , Open City”.
Press and publications prosecution had Wednesday held a trial sitting for Al-Yousufi and ordered his detention for seven days for investigation purposes. It had also ordered the confiscation of all books, novels and stories of Mohammed Abdul Wali and bringing to trial those who published and marketed them.
Yemen Times has learned that Al-Yousufi was released on bail offered by two persons. On the other hand, preachers of last Friday prayers had assailed violently Al-Yousufi and demanded suspension and closure of Al-Thaqafiya newspaper as it publishes subjects against religion.