Yemen upholds death sentence in Israel spy case

The court upheld a death sentence against the Yemeni man who were convicted of seeking to work for Israeli intelligence services

Yemen upholds death sentence in Israel spy case


A Yemeni appeal court upheld on Saturday a death sentence passed against a Yemeni man convicted of trying to work for Israeli intelligence services.

A Reuters witness said the court also upheld jail sentences of five and three years handed down for the same offence to two other Yemenis in March 2009.

The three had been convicted of emailing the Israeli prime minister's office and offering to work for the intelligence service of the Jewish state.

The three men had denied the charges, which they said were fabricated by an officer with whom they had a dispute.


The three, arrested in 2008, had been also convicted of demanding money from the embassies of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

They had been also accused of claiming, in the name of a group calling itself Islamic Jihad, an attack on the U.S. embassy that killed 19 people in September 2008.

The twin suicide car bombings outside the U.S. embassy, later claimed by al Qaeda in Yemen, were the biggest militant operation in the poor Arab state since the attacks on the French tanker Limburg in 2002 and the U.S. warship Cole in 2000.

Al Qaeda's Yemen-based regional wing has since claimed responsibility for the failed bombing of a U.S.-bound passenger plane on a flight from Amsterdam in December.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Nisan 2010, 14:29