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.