By Ashwaq Arrabyee 20/05/2010
The Yemen journalist and political activist Mohammed Al Maqaleh received presidential pardon after being accused of collaborating with the Al Houthi rebels and publishing false reports, security sources said Thursday.
Residential instructions were issued to close the file of Al Maqaleh permanently, the army 26 September quoted the source as saying.
Consequently, the lawsuits filed against Al Maqaleh will be canceled and his ongoing trial will be frozen, the sources added
The pardon coincided with the 20th anniversary of Yemen Unity.
Mohammed Al Maqaleh, editor of the opposition Socialist Party's website, was detained in September 2009 and released in February 2010, but his trials continued.
The Yemeni Journalist Syndicate appealed the president to release all arrested journalists on the occasion of 20th anniversary of Yemen Unity.
"We are expecting from the president Ali Abdullah Saleh to make 20th anniversary of Yemen Unity as a national day for rights and liberties," The YJS said in a statement.