Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Houthi group in Yemen executed 9 people, Saturday, by firing squad, in a public square in the center of the capital, Sanaa. The group accuses them of being involved in the killing of the head of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh Al-Sammad, in an air strike in Hodeidah launched by the coalition in Yemen, in April 2018.
The Houthi-controlled Saba News Agency said the execution was carried out “in Tahrir Square in the capital’s secretariat by firing squad.”
The agency noted that the nine people were among the 16 defendants, and on August 24, a court issued a ruling “punishing them with death, retribution and punishment.”
The ruling included “the confiscation of all the property of the convicts and their obligation to pay three million riyals in litigation fees, to blood parents in the appeal stage,” according to the agency.
Video clips circulated by Yemenis on social networks showed the moment when Houthi rebels shot the executed people while they were lying on the ground.
Prior to this, human rights groups, lawyers, and officials in the Yemeni government, which is based in Aden, launched an appeal to stop the execution.
The Minister of Information in the Yemeni government, Muammar Al-Eryani, said, “We warn the Iranian-backed Houthi militia for the mass killing of civilians opposed to its coup project, by executing 9 residents of Hodeidah Governorate, including a child.”
Al-Eryani described the trial as a “sham”, in light of “fabricated charges in one of the illegal courts under its control, and we hold them fully responsible for their lives.”
1- We warn against the Iranian-backed Houthi militia launching mass killings of civilians opposed to its coup project, by executing 9 residents of Hodeidah governorate, including a child, after subjecting them to a mock trial on trumped-up charges in one of the illegal courts under its control, and we hold it fully responsible for their lives https:/ /t.co/9wp7cS5eXP
The video clips of the execution, which took place in the presence of a crowd, caused panic and resentment among many Yemenis.
A black day in the history of Yemenis, today the criminal Houthi group executed nine sons of Tihama (one of whom was a minor), on charges of conspiracy and espionage in the murder of its former president, Saleh Al-Samad. The trials, according to human rights organizations, did not meet the conditions of justice, and where is the justice from a racist sectarian militia without deterrence or conscience?! https://t.co/v9ZA3CR42c
Government officials will tweet from their comfortable rooms in hotels in the capitals of the world against the execution of the sons of Tihama and shamelessly demand the “international community” to take a position on the Houthis. The legitimate government is a partner in all the crimes Yemenis are exposed to. Had it not been for the corruption, complicity and laxity of the legitimate officials, we would not have reached this stage and there would be no war!
To the human rights organizations that have collapsed with anger, indignation, dismay, fear and terror from the classification of the Houthi militia as a terrorist group, where are you today from the crime of your Houthi friends with the decision to execute nine innocent people from Hodeidah who are being liquidated and killed in full view of everyone and in flagrant defiance of morals, norms, justice and the right to life!