Jail term for Yemeni editor upheld

A Yemeni appeals court has endorsed a one-year imprisonment against a journalist convicted of supporting an anti-US rebel cleric who was killed last year and of slandering Yemeni President Ali Abd Allah Salih.

    Al-Khaiwani is accused of supporting the rebel al-Huthi

    Abd al-Karim al-Khaiwani, editor-in-chief of Shura opposition newspaper, was found guilty by a court in September of supporting rebel cleric Husain al-Huthi.

    The appeals court also imposed a six-month ban on his publication and ordered seven other journalists working for the same newspaper to be questioned on similar charges.

    Al-Huthi, a leader of the so-called Believing Youth group, was killed by security forces in September for setting up unlicensed religious centres and forming an armed group which had staged violent anti-US protests.

    Anti-US sentiment is high in Yemen and other countries in
    the Middle East over the presence of US troops in Iraq, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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