Houthi court condemns 30 to death for spying

A court run by the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah) on Tuesday (July 9th) sentenced 30 academics, trade unionists and preachers to death for allegedly spying for the Arab coalition, a judicial source said.

The men, among 36 defendants tried by the criminal court in the Sanaa, have been in custody for the past year, the source told AFP.

The other six were acquitted, the source said.

He said the men were convicted of supplying the coalition with information on locations for airstrikes.

Since the Houthis took control of Sanaa in September 2014, their courts have issued several death sentences for spying.

In May last year, a Sanaa court sentenced two men to death for spying for Riyadh, while in January, the same court condemned to death 22-year old mother Asmaa al-Omeissy and two men on charges of aiding the UAE, a key partner in the coalition.

The sentences have not been carried out.

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