Monday 23 April 2018

Baha'i man sentenced to death in Yemen for 'spreading faith and spying'

The aftermath of a bombing blamed on the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen
The aftermath of a bombing blamed on the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

A rebel-controlled Yemeni court has sentenced a local Baha'i man to death on charges of disseminating the beliefs of his faith and spying for Israel.

Hamid bin Haydara, detained since December 2013, received his sentence on Tuesday.

It was condemned by local and international rights groups, including Amnesty International, which slammed it as "cruel" and "degrading".

It also called on Yemeni authorities to "immediately quash" the sentence.

The Iranian-backed Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, seized the capital Sanaa in 2014.

They have been at war with a Saudi-led coalition backing an internationally recognised government since March 2015.

The Baha'i faith originated in Iran in 1844 but is currently banned there.

Israel is home to some of its holy sites and administrative bodies.

AP

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