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.