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Yemen refuses to extradite politician


Yemen’s president has refused to extradite the head of an ultraconse­rvative political party, who the US has accused of financing Al Qaida.

In a statement aired on state television on Sunday, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi denounced the charges and said his government had informed the US it will not hand over citizens to any foreign country, including Abdul Wahhab Mohammad Abdul Rahman Al Humaiqani, secretary- general of the Yemeni Rashad Union, the country’s first ultraconse­rvative Salafi party. Al Humaiqani told

that the US charges are “baseless and unjust”.

“The US has two choices, either to drop accusation­s or bring evidence to substantia­te allegation­s and I am ready to stand before a Yemeni court to defend myself,” he said.

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