By NY Staff
Dr. Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi, head of the National Security Agency in Yemen, denies the rumors of holding political prisoners in the agency as well as the existence of secret prisons administered by the agency. Al-Ahmadi said that the National security agency is working to prepare a strategy for fighting terrorism, and is looking to establish a center for re-qualifying detainees. “the agency mission never ceases working on the security issue, but it takes the responsibility for economic security, food security and any matter related to national security including antiquities smuggling, weapons and pesticide use” said al-Ahmadi.
In another statement, the United States expressed disappointment last Wednesday on the release of a Yemeni journalist whom human rights groups say was detained because of his reporting on al-Qaida and U.S-alleged complicity in Yemeni attacks.
Abdelela Shayie was pardoned by Yemen’s president on Tuesday after three years in prison on charges that he helped al-Qaida and militant U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Shayie. He had been sentenced to five years in prison in 2011.
Al-Ahmadi displayed the working plan of the Agency, indicating its rigid procedural guidelines, criteria and membership selection process. Recruits for the NSA are pulled from the top students of the different Yemeni universities. Later on, these recruits train in extensive military courses for a year. “The NSA has special features for fighting terrorism and the process of restructuring has reached 35%” Said al-Ahmadi,
The statement of the head of the National Security coincided with the visit of some intelligence agencies groups for building military and security capability, affiliated with the National Dialogue members.
The meeting attendees discussed the political detainees, secret prisons and interventions by intelligence agencies. The NDC members shared their visions on the working strategy for the unity of all national intelligence services if the country ends up with a new geographical layout or separated into Federal states.