Yemen rejects US arrest demand

Yemen has rejected a US demand to arrest scholar Shaikh Abd al-Majid al-Zindani, whom Washington accuses of financing terrorism.

    Shaikh al-Zindani is the dean of the Iman University

    The Yemeni government has asked Washington to provide proof of its accusations against Shaikh al-Zindani in order to take judicial measures.

    Shaikh al-Zindani, who is the dean of the Iman University and is a senior leader of the Islamist Islah (Reform) party in Yemen, said the demand for his arrest impinges on Yemen's sovereignty.

    Yemen's Saba news agency said: "The United States has officially demanded from the Yemeni government to arrest Shaikh al-Zindani, freeze his assets and prevent him from travelling abroad."

    Washington has been angered by the escape of 23 al-Qaida suspects from a jail in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, prompting some US politicians to say the Yemeni authorities may have facilitated the jail break.

    Yemen offered a reward of more than $25,000 for information that could lead to the capture of any of the men, including Jamal Badawi who was serving a 10-year sentence.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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