Yemen Deports French Journalist [Archives:2001/46/Local News]

November 12 2001

Yemen has deported a French journalist who tried to interview relatives of the Saudi-born dissident Osama b. Laden without permission from the Information Ministry, security sources said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Yemen deported the 35-year-old Jouil Suller, who entered the country early last week as a tourist, but acted as a journalist, the source added.
The deportation came after Suller turned a deaf ear to warnings that he was not authorized to conduct last Friday’s interviews in the village of Rabat Ba’ashen, the hometown of bin Laden’s father, in the province of Hadhramaut, 800 kilometers east of Sana’a.
Two days later, he went to the town of Qaeda in the province of Ibb, 200 kilometers south of Sana’a, to interview Ahmad Abdul Fatah, who is reportedly bin Laden’s father-in-law.
Suller left Sana’a for Beirut on Tuesday, the source said. (Xinhua)