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International Condemnation of Houthis for Executing Nine People Including a Minor

International condemnations were raised against Houthis for their execution of 9 people by firing squad in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on charges of involvement in the killing of a senior Houthi official in 2018.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deep regret” for the execution of those “including a person who, according to information, was a minor at the time of his arrest”; According to a statement issued by Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General.

He added that the Criminal Court, under the control of the Houthi group, in Hodeidah, “through an illegal trial and without the minimum standards of justice, issued in August last year, a death sentence for 62 defendants in the case of the killing of Saleh Al-Samad, head of the Supreme Political Council of the Houthi group, including the nine whom it executed after torturing them.” and subjecting them to enforced disappearance throughout their abduction until their execution”.

In a statement, Washington described the execution as a “heinous act”, and said: One of those executed was a minor. This heinous act is another example of the Houthis’ indifference to basic human rights.

The American Center for Justice said in a statement: “We condemn the Houthi group’s execution of 9 of the sons of Tihama, on charges of planning and collaborating in what has been known over the past months as the farcical trial of Al-Samad killers.”

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