Killers of 24-year-old Yemeni shop worker face execution

Killers of 24-year-old Yemeni shop worker face execution
Authorities in Yemen have called for the execution of a group of men accused of killing a 24-year-old employee, in a murder that sent shockwaves across the country.
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04 October, 2020
The murder shook the nation [Twitter]
Five men accused of torturing to death a young colleague in a shocking crime that was filmed and shared online, are facing charges of pre-meditated murder, The New Arab’s sister Arabic platform Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported on Sunday.

The first Houthi-run court session in the capital Sanaa on Saturday also targeted three others charged with misleading the judiciary in the case of murdered Abdullah Al-Aghbary, Saba News Agency reported.

The session was held without media presence.

The public prosecution reviewed the list of evidences, confessions and statements, as well as forensic reports that analysed the body of the victim, recommending capital punishment for the accused.

The second court session is due to be held on Wednesday and is expected to screen the viral surveillance video that documented the 24-year-old being tortured for six hours before eventually dying on 26 August.

The men were seeing punching, kicking and whipping the young man in the horrifying ordeal. In one shocking segment, the men are seen gathered to have a lunch break while the victim sat in the corner of the room. 

The suspects had initially taken him to hospital and claimed he committed suicide before footage of the murder appeared online. A forensics team confirmed marks of severe torture all over his body.

Al-Aghbary had left his home and studies in Taiz to take on the job at the mobile phone shop just a week earlier. 

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the justice ministry in the Houthi-run Sanaa city after the video surfaced online to demand justice for the slain al-Aghbary, who worked at a mobile phone shop belonging to his suspected killers.

Local media reported 11 lawyers have volunteered their services to defend the victim on behalf of his relatives.

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