Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, along with 31 other Houthi leaders, faces a long list of charges in absentia, including the murder, abduction and torture of civilians
Houthi leader tried in Aden court for orchestrating coup and conspiring with Iran
The Specialized Criminal Court in Yemen’s interim capital of Aden began the trial of Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi in absentia on Thursday.
The Houthi cleric, along with 31 other Houthi leaders, faces a long list of charges associated with the rebel group’s takeover of the capital Sana'a in 2014. The charges include:
- Carrying out an armed coup against the republic
- Besieging President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and threatening his life
- Dissolving parliament
- Seizing military property
- Occupying state institutions
- Invading and occupying towns and regions across the country
- Conspiring with a foreign government (Iran) to harm the country militarily, politically, diplomatically and economically
- Murder, abduction and torture of civilians
- Destruction of homes and institutions
- Looting of the Central Bank of Sana'a's financial reserves
The trial of the Houthi leaders comes nearly six years after their takeover of Sana'a and invasion and occupation of areas throughout Yemen. For years, courts under Houthi control have tried and sentenced members of the Yemeni government to death and confiscated their property and assets.