Yemeni security hands over French reporter [Archives:2006/991/Local News]

October 19 2006

SANA'A, Oct, 17 ) Yemeni security released a French journalist who was arrested last week in Shabwa Governorate to the French embassy in Sana'a, according to Saba News Agency.

Saba reported from security source that Daniel Grandclement-Chaffy, a freelance journalist, was arrested on Thursday after he disembarked from a boat carrying refugees from Somalia.

A source in the French embassy confirmed the embassy has received the journalist saying “he will leave Yemen soon.”

The Yemeni authorities accuse the journalist of entering Yemen illegally, although press reports here said he was in possession of a visa to enter the country.

“Even though he is a journalist