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Yemen’s Court Postpone The Trial Ma’ab Killer

Asma al-Mohattwari

Yemen’s judiciary authorities have postponed the trial of Noah al-Yemeni, who killed his daughter, because of the strike.

Judiciary authorities put al-Yemeni on trial after he brutally tortured and killed his 10-year-old daughter, Ma’ab, for allegedly committing adultery in the northern province of Dhamar last month.

Shepherds found the body of Ma’ab with signs of torture. After killing her, al-Yemeni is suspected of throwing her under a mountain in Naqil Samara in Ibb.

The Deputy General Director of Health Office Bukeel Al-Jahfi said that the primary examination and inspection procedures for the body showed that the child was killed by two bullets in her back. There were torture marks and burns on her face.

Colonel Anwar Hatem, Director of CID, said that the CID of Dhamar was able to arrest a her father as a suspect in the murder.

Colonel Mohammad Qassem Al Hadi, director of Dhamar’s criminal investigation department who questioned al-Yemeni, said that that he refused to admit he was wrong, despite being shown medical reports proving his daughter was a virgin.

Al Hadi said that the father subjected the child to brutal treatment including burning her with an iron rod before killing her, according to a video found on his mobile. Angered by the girl’s case, dozens of women and men went on a sit-in in Dhamar and Sana’a demanding the father be executed.

The killer has two more daughters, and the court prosecutor ordered them to be under the custody of their grandmother, giving her 30,000 YR monthly stipend.

“He is a killer. I demand he be severely tortured before executing him,” her mother said.

During last week’s hearing, prosecutors demanded the death sentence for al-Yemeni, but activists and lawyers are skeptical the court will follow through because according to the law, the prison term is three years for persons found guilty of murdering their children. Interestingly enough, the punishment for torture is up to 10 years in prison, according to penal law.