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Yemen: Further information on fear of imminent execution / legal concern

, Index number: MDE 31/014/1997

Muhammad 'Abd al-Rahman Dadyah, Tawfiq Muhammad Mas'ad al-Tam, 'Abd al-Jabbar Muhammad Mas'ad al-Tam and 'Abdullah Ahmad 'Abdullah Mansur: On 22 October 1997, the Supreme Court overturned the death sentences against three of the above-named men. The court upheld the death sentence against Muhammad 'Abd al-Rahman Dadyah. The sentence of flogging against the three men may have been upheld.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 31/14/97
27 October 1997
Further information on EXTRA 136/97 (MDE 31/12/97, 10 October 1997) - Fear
of Imminent Execution/Legal Concern
YEMEN Muhammad ‘Abd al-Rahman Dadyah, 25
Tawfiq Muhammad Mas’ad al-Tam, 22
Abd al-Jabbar Muhammad Mas’ad al-Tam, 25
‘Abdullah Ahmad ‘Abdullah Mansur, 18
On 22 October 1997, the Supreme Court overturned the death sentences against
three of the above-named men. The court upheld the death sentence against
Muhammad ‘Abd al-Rahman Dadyah. If the sentence is ratified by President ‘Ali
‘Abdullah Saleh, he would be at risk of imminent execution.
The Supreme Court ruled that the decision by the Court of Appeal to sentence
all four men to death had been unduly influenced by tribal pressure and that
the original sentence should stand. The sentence of flogging against the three
men may have been upheld.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, Arabic or in your own language:
- welcoming the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn the three death
sentences;
- expressing concern that Muhammad ‘Abd al-Rahman Dadyah remains under sentence
of death, and calling on the President to exercise clemency in this case and
commute the sentence to a more humane punishment;
- expressing concern that the sentences of 100 lashes against each of the other
three prisoners may have been upheld and, if this is the case, calling for
their commutation;
- drawing the President’s attention to the growing international trend towards
abolition of the death penalty.
APPEALS TO:
His Excellency
General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh
President of the Republic of Yemen
Sana’a, The Republic of Yemen
Telegrams: President ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh, Sana’a, Republic of Yemen
Faxes: +967 1 262 017
Telexes: 2422 RIASAH YE
Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Interior
Husain Muhammad ‘Arab
Ministry of Interior
San’aa, The Republic of Yemen
Telegrams: Interior Minister, San’aa, Yemen
Faxes: +967 1 251 529 / 251 566
Salutation: Dear Minister
Minister of Justice
Isma’il Ahmad al-Wazir
Ministry of Justice
San’aa, The Republic of Yemen
Telegrams: Justice Minister, San’aa, Yemen
Faxes: + 967 1 252 138
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Salutation: Dear Minister
Please note that the fax numbers provided are correct as far as we know but
that difficulties may be experienced in transmitting faxes at certain times
of the day possibly connected to working hours or technical problems. If this
is the case please try later on.
COPIES TO:diplomatic representatives of Yemen accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 8 December 1997.

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