Yemen's judges start strike over attacks

"The judges have started an all-out strike at all courts until the authorities meet their demands," Judge al-Jarrah Belaid, the head of the Judges' Club said.

Yemen's judges start strike over attacks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Yemeni judges went on a nationwide strike on Wednesday against what they describe as "violations" and kidnappings of judges.

"The judges have started an all-out strike at all courts until the authorities meet their demands," Judge al-Jarrah Belaid, the head of the Judges' Club, told Anadolu Agency.

Judge Mohamed al-Sarwi, the head of the Criminal Court in the northwestern province of Hajjah, was kidnapped by unidentified militants on Tuesday.

The abduction came after he slapped 13 Yemeni revolutionaries with jail sentences between five and ten years on charges of killing policemen in April 2011.

Some Yemeni judges complain against repeated attacks, while others say they receive threats over their judicial verdicts.

Belaid said striking judges demand the release of their colleague who was kidnapped in Hajjah, the arrest of the kidnappers and bringing them to justice.

He added that the judges also call for bringing lax security officials to account.

"They also want to hold a meeting with security officials to agree on a mechanism that ensures protection of the judges and the courts," Belaid said.

He argued that Yemeni judges are now targeted by people who "oppose the creation of a modern state in Yemen."

There is not a specific account of infringements committed against Yemeni judges in general.

This month, however, saw eight attacks on judges, according to Belaid.

Yemeni officials could not be reached for comment.

Yemen has struggled to maintain law and order since the ouster of autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.

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