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Demonstrators call for imprisoned journalist to be released

A group of activists and journalists in front of the Political Security Office during the stand.

By Maram Alabbasi

Journalists and activists demonstrated outside of the political security office in Sana’a Thursday, demanding the release of Yemeni journal-ist, Abdulelah Haider Shaye. Haider Shaye has been imprisoned for nearly three years for “association with AQAP.” Shaye covered regions with active Al-Qaeda members and even interviewed Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born militant killed in a strike after being placed on a hit list by US.

President Barak Obama.He was granted a pardon by former President Ali Abdul-lah Saleh in 2011 but was kept in prison after a phone call from Obama.

News of Haider Shaye’s mistreatment in prison by authorities prompted the demonstration. Demonstrators called for President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi to issue a pardon for Haider Shaye, who was sentenced to five years.

Human Rights Watch criticized his conviction, calling the trial a ‘formality’. Haider Shaye’s attorneys say the journalist has been beaten, with injuries resulting to his chest and other areas of his body.