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Iranian National to Stand Trial in Yemen for Espionage

National Yemen

By NY Staff

An Iranian national is set to stand trial in Yemen on charges of spying for a foreign country and seeking to spread a new religion.

The defendant was arrested in Mukalla in Hadramout province in 2014, while other suspects in the case are being pursued by the security services, a judicial source at the Penal Prosecution said.

The prosecution completed the investigation and referred it to the Specialized Penal Court in Sana’a as a prelude to start the trial, the source added.

According to the indictment, the accused, whose name is Hamid Mirza Kamali Srostani (Iranian nationality), 51, has adopted the name of Hamid Kamal Mohammed bin Haidarah and lived in the Socotra archipelago and in Mukalla on the pretext that he has free businesses.

During the period from 1991 to 2014, Srostani communicated with a foreign country (Israel) represented in what is called the Universal House of Justice that he works to its advantage, to spread the Baha’i religion in the territory of the Republic of Yemen, the prosecution said in the indictment, actions that harm Yemen’s political status and its independence and territorial integrity.

In the indictment, the prosecution revealed that the defendant incited a number of Muslims to exit from Islam and embrace the Baha’i religion by enticing poor families and children with money and charitable aid.

The penal prosecution explained that the accused held a number of meetings and symposiums in several forums and houses affiliated to him comprising Baha’is and Yemenis to elect members of the so-called ‘central sacred lodge’ and form its branches in the provinces.