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Marib Court Puts Houthi Leader on Trial for Collaborating with Iran

Marib Court Puts Houthi Leader on Trial for Collaborating with Iran

Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 - 09:30
A view of the court martial trying the Houthi militias leader in Marib. (Saba)
Aden – Ali Rabih

A court martial from the third military command in Yemen's Marib province, which is controlled by the legitimate government, on Tuesday opened a trial for leader of the Houthi militias, Abdulmalik al-Houthi, and 174 others on charges topped by carrying out a coup against the state.

At the hearing, the military prosecution accused the defendants of forming a terrorist organization known as Ansar Allah, also known as Houthis, led by Abdulmalik al-Houthi and overseen by Yahya Al-Shami and military commanders from Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

This terrorist organization acts on the basis of the “divine right” to rule and schemes to export the Iranian revolution into Yemen.

The accusations included the defendants' use of tanks and violence to achieve their goals and carry out a coup against the republican system and constitutional institutions, putting the president under house arrest and then attempting to kill him.

The defendants also established illegal relations with Iran to harm Yemen and started promoting “takfiri” ideology and violating the texts of the Quran, constitution and laws, the military prosecution said.

They spied for and supplied Iran with information harming Yemen's and Gulf security in return for strategic weapons, and have sought to harm the national unity and disintegrate Yemen, it continued.

A week ago, a Houthi court started a trial for 75 government military leaders and officials on charges of treason and facilitating the entry of the “enemy” into Yemen.

In March, the Houthi specialized penal court in the capital Sanaa issued death sentences against 19 officials and leaders in the government, including vice president Lt. Gen Ali Mohsen and defense minister Mohammed al-Maqdishi, on charges of “spying” for the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and ordered to confiscate all their properties and assets.

It is expected - according to Yemeni law - that the military court in Marib will issue rulings ordering the execution of the Houthi leader and the other defendants, in addition to classifying the militia as a terrorist movement.

In April, a court in Aden began criminal proceedings in absentia against 32 Houthi members, including the movement's leader and the head of the so-called supreme political council, Mehdi al-Mashat, over charges of mounting a coup against the government and endangering the independence of Yemen.

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