Jews protest outside high court in Yemen, demanding execution of murderer

18:08, June 29, 2010      

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Some 20 Yemeni Jews Monday protested outside the Supreme Court building in Sanaa, demanding the court to uphold a final sentence of death penalty against a Muslim convicted of murdering a Jewish man in 2008, lawyers said.

The Yemeni citizen Abdul Aziz al-Obeidi, 39, received a death penalty last June by an appeal court in Amran province, north of the capital Sanaa, for killing Masha Yaish Nahari, a member of a Jewish community, in 2008 in Raydah town of Amran, a lawyer from the Jewish community said.

Monday's demonstration rally was a part of their protest campaign after a month-long delay by the Supreme Court to uphold a "final sentence of death penalty" ruled by the appeal court against the convicted al-Obeidi, said the lawyer.

"If the court upholds the death penalty sentence, the convicted al-Obeidi would be killed for murdering of Nahari," said the lawyer who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the case.

"The Supreme Court did not uphold the death penalty, but confirmed another sentence by the lower court, ordering Obeidi to pay 27,500 U.S. dollar penalty fine after medical reports proved he was mentally unstable," he said.

Al-Obeidi was reportedly arrested on Dec. 11, 2008, on the charge of murdering the Yemeni Jewish man Nahari.

According to local media, Obeidi had been accused of murdering his wife five years ago. He was fined to pay a sum at the time and was freed after medics found him mentally ill.

According to government statistics, Jewish citizens in Yemen numbered some 400 in 2009, after thousands of them emigrated to Israel during the past years. Among them, about 250 dwell in the northern province of Amran.



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