By Nasser Arrabyee/25/03/2010
The Yemeni authorities released Thursday a journalist after deterioration of his health during a period of more than seven months in custody.
The Journalist Mohammed Al Makaleh was released for health reasons, said the Yemeni Minister of Justice, Ghazi Al Aghbari, and in a statement published the state-run media.
Al Makaleh, the editor of aleshteraki.net, the website of the opposition socialist party, was arrested by Yemeni intelligence in September , 2009 for alleged links with the armed rebellion of Al Houthi in Sa'ada , north of the country. Last February he was put in trial for charges of cooperating with Al Houthi rebels.
The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate welcomed the release of Al Makaleh and demanded the release of other journalists who are still in prison for various issues.
The release of Al Makaleh came one day after the release of Hesham Ba Sharaheel, the publisher of the suspended Al Ayyam daily.