Yemen minister: Houthis turned courts into military headquarters

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Yemen’s Justice Minister Jamal Mohammed Omar said Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh destroyed and looted all courts and prosecution offices they invaded and turned them into military headquarters.

Speaking at the opening session of Arab justice ministers’ meeting in Cairo, Omar said members of the judiciary have not received their wages in more than a year, adding that many of them were arrested or excluded by militias thus halting the judiciary’s work in most districts they control.

He added that the justice ministry, the supreme judicial council and the Supreme Court now have headquarters in the temporary capital Aden.

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Meanwhile, Abdel Raqeeb Fateh, minister of local administration, called on international organizations to deliver humanitarian aid to Yemeni areas via ports and airports, including Sanaa’s airport and the Hodeidah seaport, so all needy people in Yemen receive help.

Fateh also called on relief organizations to commit to the decentralization of aid work to better help those in need, adding that the High Relief Committee is coordinating with all donors to deliver help to all Yemeni provinces.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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