The Norwegian journalist Raymond Lidal, who was arrested last month in Yemen on the charge of spying against the Houthi rebels, arrived back home on Sunday April 19th, 2015. Lidal was released on Thursday and he return back home on Sunday.
Lidal, 28, was evacuated from Yemen on Friday along with other foreign citizens. He arrived in Germany on Saturday and will return to Norway on Sunday, his father, Anton Lidal, told NTB.
The journalist, who stayed in Yemen on a student visa, was arrested in Yemen’s capital Sana’a when he photographed the Saudi bombing of the country on March 29.
Lidal travelled to Yemen in 2011 to study Arabic. He began working in 2012 as a freelance journalist and contributed to multiple Norwegian media outlets, including Norwegian public broadcaster NRK and the Bergens Tidende newspaper.
The Norwegian foreign ministry said last week that it was familiar with Lidal’s case and was following up the matter through the embassy in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, according to a media report.
“We have made it clear to Yemeni authorities that they are fully responsible for the life and health of the Norwegian citizen as long as he is in their custody,” Norwegian foreign ministry’s communications chief, Frode Andersen, was quoted as saying.