"We told the judge not to sentence a dead guy to death,” the lawyer handling the case said, calling the verdict "the strangest of its kind in the history of trials throughout the ages"
Houthi court sentences dozens of military commanders to death, including one who’s already dead
The Houthi-run Specialized Criminal Court in Sana'a on Monday ordered the execution of Brig. Gen. Adnan Al-Hammadi, who was assassinated last year, on charges of high treason.
Attorney Abdulbasit Ghazi described the verdict as "the strangest of its kind in the history of trials throughout the ages." In a secret hearing, which the defense team only learned about by coincidence, the court sentenced a dead man to death, he said.
"We told the judge not to sentence a dead guy to death,” Ghazi said, adding, "the prosecution responded by making it obligatory for us to bring the death certificate."
Last Friday, Al-Hammadi was buried in a funeral procession attended by thousands in Taiz’s Al-Mawasit district.
The court sentenced to death more than 30 people, mostly in the military, including commanders serving outside Houthi-controlled areas.
Ghazi pointed out that the Houthi court sentenced all of them to death and asked to confiscate their property and money, as well as hand over 12 million Yemeni riyals (about $20,000)* in fees to the appointed lawyers: Ghazi and Mohammed Al-Mutahar.
*Based om a currency ratio of 600 Yemeni riyals per $1.