Yemen leading opposition member arrested

Published June 22nd, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Yemeni authorities detained a leading member of the Al-Islah Islamic opposition party who accused the government of "corruption", a party official said.  


"The police arrested Abdullah Sahtar, a member of Al-Islah's higher committee" in the town of Al-Daleh, 140 kilometers north of Aden, he told AFP.  


This move came after a meeting in which he "denounced the corruption of state institutions and the deplorable conditions that Yemenis live in", the official said.  


Sahtar had also been outspoken about poverty and unemployment in the country, and "held the government responsible", he added.  


The official condemned the arrest as a "flagrant violation of the constitution and laws" in Yemen.  


Al-Islah party, which is led by parliament speaker Abdullah al-Ahmar, and the General People's Congress of President Ali Abdullah Saleh often accuse each other of corruption. (  

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