Yemen: Rebels sentenced to death

Published October 31st, 2009 - 08:04 GMT

A Yemeni court on Saturday sentenced to death eight men involved in a Shi'ite rebellion. According to Reuters, they were deatined last year for fighting government forces in the north of the country. Seven rebels received prison sentences of 12 years, three got three-year sentences, one received an eight-year sentence and one a five-year sentence.


Two others were found innocent.


The Houthi rebels were arrested last year for fighting troops for about a month at Bani Husheish, 30 km north of Sanaa.


On Tuesday, the court, in a separate trial, sentenced to death four of 16 men, while eleven were jailed for up to 15 years and one was freed.


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