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Yemeni Cosmetic Surgeon Killed with his Wife

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Yemeni Cosmetic Surgeon Killed with his Wife

By NY Staff

Dr. Ali Abdul-Elah Saif, a Yemeni surgeon with U.S. nationality, graduate from Stanford University, and a member of U.S. association for cosmetic surgery, worked in his field for more than 50 years and conducted many cosmetic operations in Yemen and other Arab countries. On 2nd February 2007 he fell off some stairs, resulting in loss of memory for six months. However, after these six months he suffered partial loss of memory, difficulty in movement and hearing. He eventually lost his credibility as a surgeon.

Dr. Saif then returned to Aden province with his wife Mariam Mohammed Al-Zahri and settled at Al-Sa’ada district. He later was killed with his wife on the 1st of October 2012. At first, this wife’s family tried to accuse the Al-Qaeda organization for the murder, stating that the methods of killing the victims are similar to those adopted by Al-Qaeda. However, it was reported that the wife’s brother admitted to killing them both.

According to reports, the killer knew that the Dr. had returned to Yemen and that his wife transferred all his possessions to her accounts. “The wife’s family knew that Dr. Saif decided to go back to Texas State and never come back to Yemen and decided to kill him and take his fortune for themselves.” added sources.

It is important here to ask about the main beneficiaries of killing Dr. Saif and his wife. And the answer can be no simpler than the wife’s family because they wanted to enjoy having the fortune of the deceived husband of their daughter. Despite the fact that Najeeb Al-Zahri, brother of the wife, admitted to commit the crime, proof shows that the whole family was involved. Additionally, deficiencies were noted in the investigation as they ignored some of the tools that can serve as evidence of the crime like phone calls from the victims and the results of searching through their last contacts. Within nine days, the case was referred to Seerah Court. Nonetheless, not all tools seized during the investigation were submitted to the court including a video camera, laptop, phones, a $ 20000 diamond watch and other precious possessions that were not taken to the court. They all could serve as crucial evidence. Indications show that the family made use of a lawyer who could plan carefully for the crime.

The circumstances and indications are so complicated that there is an urgent need for intervention of the U.S. embassy as Dr. Saif is considered a U.S. citizens. Also, the judiciary system in Yemen is supposed to play a more effective role in the case and hold the investigation team, general court, and manager of the central prison accountable for the deficiencies. The General Manager of the central prison did not bring the defendant on time for no specific reason.

The consul was informed about the necessity of being involved in the investigations and responded that they were not formally told about the death of Dr. Saif. “However, an FBI agent is working on the case and is telling us the latest news,” the consul pointed out. A card was prepared and was delivered to the embassy on 25th of May 2013 by foreign ministry.

The successive delay the court is causing a lot of worry for the family of Dr. Saif and may result in manipulating the evidence which may help reveal the true criminals. We are not only demanding the execution of Najeeb Al-Zahri, but also punishing the partners involved in this crime.

Hence, we appeal to the Yemeni government, judiciary system and U.S. administration to interfere and reveal the rest of the criminals and deprive them of the possessions they stole from the victim. Justice for Dr. Adel should be achieved sooner rather than later.

11 Comments

  • The killer and his family should be punished . Are the American citizen divided into race so the embassy can participate according to this or why it is silint.

  • Where is the human right . since this person is American citizen and lived all his life as i heard. Is it fair to be murdered in cold blood because of his money and let the killers enjoyed his money. where is the justice in this case. What had this old man did?

  • There is no word can describe how great this man was for all good things he did to many people, then he got end up with some people, which i doubt that they are human beings, to do what they did.
    I don't understand why!
    why the Yemen Government did do anything about it since the case been known, OK lets say they Government so messed up because of the situation in Yemen but what is the excuse of US embassy to watch and knew all what happen but still trying to not be intervene and involved in the investigation for this case, even they have all the evidence and all details which they been informed by Dr. Seif Family. This man served American and Yemeni community as well, but no one of these part did something back for him, i just don't know what to say anymore.

    i hope from any human being who has heart and the power to push on this case and do something.

    thanks

  • Where is the justice in this case Where is the American government protection for their citizens It's a shame that this happened and its a bigger shame that the officials turning their def ear to this case. I really hope that justice will be serve soon ,,,,,they are not asking for much they lost a family member and they want justice. Give it to them and let this family grief in peace

  • اين القضاء اليمني والسفارة الامريكية والا اليمني الحجنسي الامريكية يعتبر مواطن من الدرجة الثالثة
    هنا يجب تدخل المنطمات الحقوقية
    لرجل افني حياته في خدمة الانسانية ويقتل ظلما

  • Would the embassy react the same way if he wasn't Yemeni by birth?..of course not…but it's not in their best interest politically so they don't intervene…what about Elian Gonzalea he was a Cuban and that merited years of bs, c'mon guys, lets be real, do your jobs and represent the passport the nationality the person and the rights of any American Citizen.

  • I'm disgusted to hear this terrible ending to a fabulous surgeon…. Did he have children?

  • It is important here to ask about the main beneficiaries of killing Dr. Saif and his wife. And the answer can be no simpler than the wife’s family because they wanted to enjoy having the fortune of the deceived husband of their daughter. Despite the fact that Najeeb Al-Zahri, brother of the wife, admitted to commit the crime, proof shows that the whole family was involved.

  • . And the answer can be no simpler than the wife’s family because they wanted to enjoy having the fortune of the deceived husband of their daughter. Despite the fact that Najeeb Al-Zahri, brother of the wife

  • I knew this person, and his wife. We had Dinner in Houston a couple of times. He was a great man, after his accident he may not have recovered fully, and his wife was one of the nicest people I have met. She took care and fully supported her husband who needed guidance especially after his memory loss. am currently sick to my stomach to hear this.