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Houthi Court Sentences 35 Parliament Members to Death in Absentia

Republican Yemen

Houthi-controlled Specialized Criminal Court in the rebel-held capital Sana’a sentenced on Tuesday 35 parliament members, who are loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government, to death in absentia on charges of working and cooperating with foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

The court also ordered that all properties owned by the conficted PMs be confiscated for the benefit of the state, according to rights sources.

Pro-government lawmakers who fled Sanaa say Houthis barred their peers from leaving the capital and forced them to attend the rebel-controlled Parliament.

Attorney Abdulbasit Ghazi, head of the legal defense team, said the verdict came hours after the court decided to adjourn the session

“The judge issued his ruling to reject the defense’s argument that the court has no jurisdiction in this case and all 35 defendants were indicted and convicted of criminal collaboration with Saudis and their allies,” Ghazi wrote on his page on Facebook.

Experts assert that the sentence was in response to the parliament members rejection to attend Houthi-run parliament sessions in Sana’a and their participation in sessions of the House of Representatives that were convened in Seiyun last year.

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