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Houthi court sentences three Yemenis from Saada to death

A Houthi militia court in Sanaa has handed down execution orders of three citizens from the province of Saada on charges of collaborating with the Yemeni legitimate government and coalition countries, Al-Arabiya reported.

According to media sources affiliated with the Houthi militias, “the Criminal Court of First Instance controlled by the militias in Sanaa handed out the death penalty to Mohammed Yahya Mohammed Hajar, Abdulrahman Rabshan Hassan Amiri and Saleh Abbas Saleh Suleiman”.

The same court issued death sentences on eight other Yemeni citizens last April on charges belonging to ISIS and allegedly collaborating with the countries belonging to the coalition backing the legitimate Yemeni government.

The sentences come at a time when the Saada, currently a main stronghold of the Houthis, is witnessing wide falls among the ranks of the militias as many armed Yemeni forces advance on several fronts with the participation of the province’s tribesmen in fighting alongside them against the militias.

Local and international human rights organizations accuse the Houthi militias of widespread abuses against their opponents, including the arbitrary use of the death penalty.

The militias, according to Yemeni activists and human rights organizations, have turned the judiciary into a tool to defeat its political opponents and issue dozens of death sentences against activists, journalists and citizens within their areas of control.

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