Houthi rulers sue Yemeni public figures

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and other 39 prominent figures accused by Houthis of compromising country’s independence and integrity.

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A non-governmental organisation, Legal Centre for Rights and Development, filed a lawsuit against 39 Yemeni public figures accusing them of compromising the country’s integrity and independence, state news agency Saba said on Tuesday.

The organisation suggested on its social media accounts the accusation is linked to Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen.

The public figures include the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Tawakkul Karman who is the first Arab woman and second Muslim to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

"The first attorney in the office of the public prosecutor has ordered an investigation into an urgent complaint of crimes that impact the independence of the Republic of Yemen, its unity and the safety of its territory," Saba said.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi's former chief of staff, is on the list as well beside other two brothers Hussein and Hameed al-Ahmar, who are leaders of the Hashid tribal federation, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, and Hamoud Munassar, chief correspondent for the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television.

Saudi Arabia says they led the operation in Yemen against the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi militias due to Hadi's request to save Yemen from Houthis offensive.

The Saudi operation spokesman said the air strikes were carefully conducted to avoid civilians, while 551 civilians, including 31 women and at least 115 children, had been killed since Saudi-led military operations began in Yemen on March 26, according to the United Nations.

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