Ye­meni ex­e­cuted for child rape, mur­der

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - — Agen­cies

Thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered in the rebel-held Ye­meni cap­i­tal yes­ter­day to wit­ness the pub­lic ex­e­cu­tion of a man con­victed of rap­ing and mur­der­ing a three-yearold girl. Mo­hammed Al-Maghrabi, 41, was sen­tenced to death for the June 25 rape and mur­der by a court run by the Shi­ite Houthi rebels who con­trol Sanaa. The grue­some crime co­in­cided with the first day of Eid al-Fitr, and sparked anger among the pop­u­la­tion. Moghrabi was first given 100 lashes and then made to lie flat, his face on the ground, and killed by mul­ti­ple gun­shots by se­cu­rity forces to cheers from the crowd.

“Se­cu­rity was very tight, be­cause au­thor­i­ties were fear­ing a re­venge at­tack by armed men from the Bani Matar tribe to which the girl’s fam­ily be­long,” said Reuters pho­tog­ra­pher Khaled Ab­dul­lah who wit­nessed the scene. The po­lice van trans­port­ing Maghrabi to Sanaa’s Tahrir Square was es­corted by five po­lice pa­trol ve­hi­cles. The ex­e­cu­tion drew a large num­ber of on­look­ers, some perched up tele­graph poles and many watch­ing from rooftops.

The crowd started to shout “Al­lah is the great­est” when Maghrabi ar­rived. “The man was es­corted from the van to the mid­dle of the square, and then the place turned to a com­plete chaos and I fought for a po­si­tion to take pic­tures,” Ab­dul­lah said. “He tried to talk to the ex­e­cu­tioner, a po­lice of­fi­cer who was calmly smok­ing a cig­a­rette as he stood next to him be­fore point­ing his AK-47 to his back

from a very close dis­tance. Soon he fired around four shots, and peo­ple re­al­ized that it was done, they rushed to the place and tried to take the body, but the po­lice were able to take the body to the van and drove through the crowd out of the square.”

Yahya al-Matari, the father of the mur­der vic­tim, Rana Al-Matari, told re­porters af­ter the ex­e­cu­tion he was sat­is­fied. “This is the first day in my life,” he said. “I am re­lieved now.” The pub­lic ex­e­cu­tion was widely aired on Houthirun me­dia in Ye­men, framed as an ex­am­ple of the rebels’ ef­forts to com­bat crime in their ar­eas.


SANAA: Ye­meni se­cu­rity forces pre­pare to ex­e­cute a man con­victed of rap­ing and mur­der­ing a three-year-old girl in the Ye­meni cap­i­tal’s Tahrir Square yes­ter­day.

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