PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 31/01/2001
UA 01/01 Death Penalty 3 January 2001
YEMENMohammad Adam Omar
Mohammad Adam Omar, a Sudanese national, could be executed shortly if a final
appeal against his death sentence is rejected by the Supreme Court.
Mohammad Adam Omar was sentenced to death on 19 November 2000 after being found
guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering two female students. His lawyers
had sixty days in which to appeal against the sentence, and the Supreme Court
is expected to hear the final appeal in the coming days. Other prisoners have
been executed within hours of their appeals being rejected by the Supreme Court.
Mohammad Adam Omar was convicted during proceedings that raise serious concerns
about the fairness of the trial. He initially “confessed”
to the rape and murder of 16 young women, but retracted most of his confession
after one of the alleged victims appeared in court during the trial. As a result
the charges were reduced to two counts of murder, of which he was convicted.
Amnesty International has long-standing concerns about the use of the death
penalty in Yemen, particularly as death sentences are often passed after
proceedings which fail to meet international standards for fair trial.
While Amnesty International recognizes the rights and responsibilities of
governments to bring to justice those suspected of criminal offences, it is
unconditionally opposed to the death sentence in all cases as the ultimate
violation of the right to life.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in or your own language:
- acknowledging the seriousness of the crime and expressing sympathy for the
victims and their relatives;
- urging the authorities to commute Mohammed Adam Omar’s death sentence, if
it is upheld on appeal;
- pointing out that the death penalty is brutalising to all concerned;
- reminding the authorities of international standards for fair trial in capital
cases, including the right to legal assistance at all stages of the proceedings,
the right to appeal and the right to seek pardon or commutation of the sentence.
General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh, President of the Republic of Yemen
Telegrams:President ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh, Sana’a, Yemen
Telexes: 2422 RIASAH YE
Faxes: + 967 1 274 147
Dr ‘Abd al-Karim al-Iryani, Prime Minister of the Republic of Yemen
Faxes: + 967 1 282 669
General Hussein Muhammad ‘Arab, Minister of Interior
Telegrams:Interior Minister, Sana’a, Yemen
Faxes: + 967 1 251 529 / 251 566