Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Two Yemenis sentenced to death for spying for Iran

Two Yemenis sentenced to death for spying for Iran
By Nasser Arrabyee/31/03/2009

A special Yemeni court sentenced to death Tuesday two Yemenis for spying for Iran and acquitted the third.

Chaired by Judge Muhsen Alwan, the State Security Court passed the death sentence to Abdul Kareem Ali Laji, 33, and Hani Ahmed Dain Mohammed, 31, and acquitted Eskandar Abdullah Yousif, 57 because of lack of evidence.

The two defendants asked for an appeal through their lawyer Shatha Nasser.

The defendant Abdul Kareem Laji commented on the verdict by saying "It's a political verdict".

On October 11th, 2008, the three men were put on trial for charges of spying for Iran through illegal communication and delivering information on the security and defense situation in a way which damaged Yemen's interests.

The three men were arrested last year in the coastal city of Aden south of Yemen.

According to the prosecutor, the three men, Abdul Kareem Laji, owner of a printing press in Aden, Hani Ahmed Dain Mohammed, secretary of the director of the coast guards of Hudhrmout, and Eskandar Abdullah, retired officer, were in connection with the Iranian embassy in Sana'a and two other Iranian businessmen.

On March, 23rd, 2009, the same court sentenced a Yemeni and jailed two others for spying for Israel

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