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Family of Yemeni journalist killed by Carbon Monoxide poisoning seek probe

The family of a Yemeni investigative journalist and rights groups have demanded an investigation into his sudden death after an autopsy showed he was poisoned

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The family of a Yemeni investigative journalist and rights groups have demanded an investigation into his sudden death after an autopsy showed he was poisoned, activists reported on Sunday.

Mohammed al-Absi, 35, died suddenly on December 20, after publishing reports about corruption in Yemen.

Local media reports accused Houthi militias, who took control of the capital Sanaa since September 2014, of poisoning him.

“We are looking for an experienced team of investigators to aid the prosecution, but the team has to be neutral,” Abdulrashid al-Faqih, head of Mwatana human rights organization told AFP news agency.

The team should investigate “the circumstances of the death after the autopsy confirmed that poison is the cause,” he said.

Absi’s family, Mwatana and other Yemeni organizations including the union of journalists, issued a statement on Sunday saying that the result of an autopsy done on samples flown to Jordan has shown that poison was the cause of death.

The report released by the autopsy team stated: “The death was due to suffocation and carbon monoxide poisoning, which showed a carbon monoxide concentration of 65% in the blood.”

Eight journalists were killed in Yemen last year, according to the International Federation of Journalists, which ranked the war-torn country as fourth deadliest for journalists after Iraq, Afghanistan and Mexico.

(With AFP)