Exiled Yemeni president tried in absentia

Houthi militias tried exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and six other officials in absentia on charges of corruption and collaborating in a conspiracy against the people on Wednesday.

The trial took place in the Sana’a Criminal Court, which is now under heavy Houthi influence and urged Hadi to return to Sana’a to continue the trial on 12 December. Hadi has been in exile in Riyadh since March and returned to Yemen’s second capital Aden on 17 November.

The six other officials who were also tried are: the former Foreign Minister Riad Yassin, two of Hadi’s personal adviser, Abdul Wahab Al-Ansi and Sultan Al-Atwani, Minister of Civil Service Abdul Aziz Al-Jabari, former Prime Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak and the head of the National Security Agency Ali Hassan Al-Ahmadi.

The Houthis have been in control of Sana’a since September 2014 when they formed a coup against the president, leading to the Saudi coalition’s bombing of the country.