Newly recruited Houthi militants take part in a gathering in the capital Sanaa to mobilize more militants to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces in several Yemeni cities. (AFP)

July 10, 2019

The Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen sentenced to death 30 abductees held captive by the terrorist group for three years.

Among them are detainees included in a prisoner swap deal that was reached between the legitimate government and Houthis in recent months.

The government has pleaded with the international community to save the detainees.

Yemen’s Human Rights Ministry condemned in the strongest terms on Tuesday these verdicts that were based on confessions that were extracted after “brutal psychological and physical torture committed by the Houthis against the captives.”

“They culminated in a farce trial by an illegal court,” it added.

It urged the international community and organizations and United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths to intervene immediately to save them.

“The only crime they have committed is living in area held by the militias,” it said.

Amnesty International has condemned the verdicts as a “mockery of justice.” Lynn Maalouf, the group’s Middle East director of research, has urged the Houthis to “quash these unjust convictions and brutal sentences and release the 30 men immediately.”

Asharq Al-Awsat

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