Search

 

Cablegate: Establishing the Facts in Ibb

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS SANAA 001105

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR NEA, NEA/ARP, NEA/EX, S/CT, CA, DS/DSS,
DS/IP/NEA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/ICI/PII, CENTCOM FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC PTER YM COUNTER TERRORISM
SUBJECT: ESTABLISHING THE FACTS IN IBB

REF: SANAA 1099

1. At approximately 0900 on May 14, 2003 an explosion
occurred at a courtroom next to Ibb central prison, slightly
injuring Judge Haizam Naji Fadl. Fadl was not/not the judge
who presided over the recently concluded trial of Mr. Kemal
who was convicted of killing three Amcits at the Jibla
hospital. Information obtained to date does not indicate a
connection with that trial.

-----------------------
MOI: It Was an Accident
-----------------------

2. Ministry of Interior office director Brigadier General
Ahmed Sunidar confirmed to RSO that a explosion occurred at
in the Court of Appeals next to the Ibb Central Prison,
located approximately 125 miles south of Sanaa. According to
the initial report by the MOI, a soldier guarding the judge
dropped a hand grenade, wounding the judge. This explanation
is improbable. Embassy conoff who attended the trial in Jibla
reports that he did not see guards carrying grenades.
Subsequent accounts indicating that a grenade was thrown into
the courtroom are more likely.

-----------------------
Which courtroom was it?
-----------------------

3. AFP reported that the incident occurred in another court
than the Jibla trial and that the perpetrator was arrested
shortly afterwards. A judge at the same courthouse, reported
to a Consular FSN that the explosion took place during a
trial that had been moved from Yarim to Ibb for "security
reasons." Later, Consular FSN talked to Ibb Prison Warden
Mohammed Al-Saidi, who said that the bomb exploded in the
same courtroom where the Jibla shooter trial was held.

4. Comment: As in the case with previous incidents in Yemen,
conflicting reports are common. Post is seeking further
clarification with MOI and sources in Ibb. The information
available so far does not establish a connection between this
incident and the judge in the recently concluded Jibla trail.
End Comment.

HULL

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>


Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>


UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>