Yemeni Model to Be 'Tried' by Houthi Kangaroo Court

Published April 16th, 2021 - 08:09 GMT
Entesar Al-Hammadi
Entesar Al-Hammadi (Twitter)
'My client was arrested without a warrant,' Al-Kamal said.

A model who posed for pictures without a hijab has been snatched off the street by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who are planning to prosecute her in a kangaroo court for being a bad influence.

The young Yemeni model and actress kidnapped by Iran-backed Houthi rebels is set to be 'tried' by her abductors who see her as a corrupting influence, according to reports.

Entesar Al-Hammadi, 20, and two of her colleagues were snatched from a street in the rebel-controlled Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on February 20.

The kidnapping is believed to be part of a series of crackdowns on objectors and liberals in areas of the country controlled by the rebels.

A Houthi 'prosecutor' will question the young model on Sunday, according to her lawyer, Khaled Mohammed Al-Kamal, who said that she was arrested unlawfully.

'My client was arrested without a warrant,' Al-Kamal told Arab News.  

Entesar and her colleagues were on their way to film a drama TV series when their vehicle was stopped by rebels, who abducted the women, taking them to a secret location in February.

They were ostensibly arrested for violating Islamic dress norms, according to reports.

Crackdowns against Yemeni women have reportedly become commonplace in Houthi-controlled areas.

Yemeni Minister of Information Moammar Al-Eryani wrote on Twitter: 'They must stop the extortion of women and release all disappeared women from their secret prisons unconditionally.'

Entesar had told a Yemeni TV channel that she dreamed of travelling abroad to escape Yemen's conservative society last year.

Entesar, whose mother is Ethiopian, said at the time: 'It would be great if I was given an opportunity outside Yemen.'

According to a report in Arab News, as a child, Al-Hammadi dreamed of being a model, wore her mother's clothes around the house and imitated famous models she watched on TV. 

Her parents told her that her aspiration to become a model was a 'pie in the sky',  Al-Hammadi said in a TV interview last year. 

She gained popularity after her friend, who was a professional photographer, published photos of her on social media wearing traditional Yemeni outfits. 

The 20-year-old has appeared in two local TV drama series and had planned to attend college next year.  

The Yemeni Civil War began in 2014 and is ongoing. The main players are the Iran-backed Houthis, the Saudi-backed Hadi-led government, and terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIL.

Human Rights Watch puts the civilian death toll at over 18,400.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

You may also like