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|2019. 08 Jan
||Imprisoned Bahá'í Hamed bin Haydara, 55, who had been sentenced to death, appeared in court in Sanaa for an unexpected hearing. Mr Haydara had been in Houthi detention in central Sanaa since December 2013. UN human rights representatives have called for the rebels to overturn his death sentence.
In addition to Mr Haydara, five other Baha’is were held by the rebels in Sanaa, two of whom had been hidden since last April, They were
Waleed Ayyash, 51, and Wael Al Al Ariki, 41, a human-rights activist, Sheikh Akram Ayyas, 37, had been in Houthi detention since October 2017, Badea Senai, 66, who was an urban planning adviser for the government, had been in prison since May 2017 and Qwan Mohammad Qadri, 45, who was arrested by the Houthis in August 2016. He is of Iranian descent and was an employee of the British Council in Yemen.
Under a prisoner exchange deal agreed at UN-led peace talks in Sweden in December, the government has repeatedly requested the release of all Bahá'í detainees held by the Houthi rebels. Each side submitted 8,000 names of Yemeni people they believe to be detained, dead or missing for the other side to locate and release as a confidence-building measure but the Iran-backed rebels have not responded to the government's request on the Bahá'í detainees.
[The National 13JAN2019]
||Hamed bin Haydara; Waleed Ayyash; Wael Al Al Ariki, 41; Sheikh Akram Ayyas; Badea Senai; Qwan Mohammad Qadri, Persecution, Yemen; Persecution, Other; Persecution; Human rights; Z****