Death sentence for convicted murderer of prominent Yemeni opposition leader
A Yemeni court in northern Sana'a issued on Sunday a death sentence against Ali Jarallah, the killer of the secretary-general of the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP), Jarallah Omar.
Judge Abdul Rahman Jahhaf, presiding at the Sanaa court of first instance, announced Ali Jarallah would be "executed by firing squad until death."
The court also issued jail sentences for different periods against five suspects for links to the killer, but it found five others not guilty, SABA news agency reported.
Moreover, the court ordered the confiscation of arms and cassettes found in ten bags with the suspects on the day of the arrest. The suspects, for their part, have asked for an appeal.
Jarallah Omar was assassinated on December 28, 2002, just minutes after delivering a conciliatory speech in Sanaa, at an opposition meeting, called by the Islah party, before thousands at the Yemeni Congregation for Reform.
The convicted murderer, Ali Jarallah, a member of the Islamic opposition Islah Party was known for his criticism of the government and moderates in his party. (Albawaba.com)
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