[QODLink]
Middle East
Families of killed Yemenis demand Saleh trial
Lawyers for families of those killed at anti-regime rally last year have filed charges against ex-government officials.
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2012 17:02
Hundreds of people were killed in the uprising that ended when Saleh agreed to step down in return for immunity [EPA]

Lawyers for the families of protesters killed at an anti-regime rally last year have filed charges against several members of Yemen's former regime, including ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The charges against Saleh and other ex-regime members, among them his nephew Yehya Abdullah Saleh who still holds a senior post in the central security services, include "inciting and participating in the killing of young protesters" on March 18, 2011.

Lawyers in court on Saturday alleged that according to some eyewitness accounts, several attackers were driven to the site of the killings by cars bearing presidential number plates, an AFP reporter at the hearing said.

On one of the bloodiest days in the year-long uprising against Saleh's rule, gunmen described as the ousted leader's "thugs" sprayed bullets from rooftops around a square at Sanaa University, killing 52 people and wounding scores.

The attack sparked diplomatic scorn and condemnation from Western powers and human rights monitors.

In addition to Saleh and his nephew, the charge sheet lists other top officials including former interior minister Motahar Rashad al-Masri and the former head of central security services, Abdulmalik al-Taieb.

The next hearing in the case is set to take place on November 23.

Hundreds of people were killed in Yemen's uprising that ended when Saleh agreed to step down in return for immunity for himself and his aides, based on a Gulf-brokered power transfer deal.

However, youth groups that have rejected the deal insist that Saleh and his former aides must be stripped of that immunity, and they still stage rallies demanding justice.

259

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to hear genocide charges for targeting ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims.
join our mailing list