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Al-Zindani rejects transitional justice law

National Yemen

Shaikh Abdul-Majid aL-Zindani

BY NY Staff

At a press conference this past week, controversial Islah Party cleric Abdul- Majid Al-Zindani voiced his rejection of transitional justice law provided for in the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, as well as two United Nations Security Council resolutions. Al-Zindani also stressed the importance of Yemen’s achieving national reconciliation.

Al-Zindani, a leading figure in the Islah political party, said Islamic law would best satisfy Yemenis’ reconciliation needs, and that the transitional justice law amount to “western suggestions.”

“Transitional justice law do not fit within Yemeni culture and only increase hatred and conflict among the people,” said Al-Zindani.

At the press conference, he spoke about the establishment of what he called an “Islamic caliphate state,” and said such a state would be introduced in 2025. The basis for his statement was US National Security speculations circa 2000 that Islamic states might be announced after 25 years’ time.

Al-Zindani’s speech about an Islamic state called to mind a speech he delivered last year, when he told Yemeni revolutionaries that revolution marks the first stage in the “establishment of an Islamic state.”

In a related matter, the Board of Yemeni Scholars condemned its exclusion from the upcoming National Dialogue Conference. Board chairman Al-Zindani said all scholars have been waiting for the conference, and have also been waiting for the conference’s contact committee to make contact with them.

The board has demanded that President Hadi form a committee composed of the most significant scholars to act as a reference for all who are to participate in the national dialogue.

“Yemeni scholars are closely studying the country’s situation in order to propose Islamic solutions that would help people live in peace,” said Al-Zindani.