EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 31/05/97
7 April 1997
Further information on EXTRA 49/97 (MDE 31/04/97, 2 April 1997) - Fear of
imminent execution / Legal concern
YEMENMuhammad Ahmad Mislah al-Nadhiri, building contractor, aged 48
Muhammad Ahmad Mislah al-Nadhiri was publicly executed on 5 April 1997.
On 3 April, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence but overruled the
sentence of crucifixion. President ‘Ali Abdullah Saleh then ratified this
sentence on 4 April.
NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUESTED FROM THE NETWORK. Thank you to all those who
sent appeals. You may however, wish to write:
- expressing regret at the execution of Muhammad Ahmad Mislah al-Nadhiri on
5 April 1997, together with concern that the trial proceedings appear to have
fallen short of international standards guaranteed for defendants facing the
- reiterating opposition to the death penalty, pointing out that there is no
evidence that the death penalty has a greater deterrent effect to crime than
General ‘Ali Abdullah Saleh
President of the Republic of Yemen
Sana’a, The Republic of Yemen
Faxes: + 967 1 262 017
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Yemen accredited to your country.