Sunday, May 29, 2005

Yemen condemns clerics to death on charge of spying for Iran

Kuwait News Agency:
Yemeni State Security Court sentenced Sunday Islamic clergy Yahya Al-Daylmi to death and sentenced Imam of the Sanaa's Big Mosque Mohammad Mftah to eight years of prison after being accused of spying for Iran.

Both individuals were accused of cooperating with the Iranian Embassy to carry out acts that would threaten national security. READ MORE

Court sitting Judge Najeeb Al-Qadri said that the verdict was built upon the confessions of the accused in addition to the documents and evidence found with them.

Defense lawyers asserted that they will present an appeal to the court within 15 days of the verdict according to the law.

Public prosecution accused Al-Daylmi and Mftah of connection with "Al-Shabab Al-Mo'omin" organization led by Hussien Al-Hothi who died last year, in addition to carrying out racist and violent acts.