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Over 160 "Southern Movement" captives freed

Over 160 "Southern Movement" captives freed

[22/July/2010]



SANA'A, July 22 (Saba) - About 163 outlaws belong to the so-called "Southern Movement" have been freed, an official security source in the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

The source said that the release was on implementation of the general amnesty announced by President Ali Abdullah Saleh in his speech marking the Yemeni unification on May 22nd.

According to the source, 14 people of them have been released after General People Congress Party (GPC) and Joint Meeting Parties
(JMP) signed on Saturday a joint minute to carry out February deal of 2009.

Under the sponsorship of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the two sides agreed to give a chance for all political parties and civil society organizations to discuss constitutional amendments on the political and electoral system of the nation.

Attorney General Abdullah al-Ulofi has announced that 28 prisoners, some of them in prison on charges of participating in activities against unity, were released on Saturday.

Al-Ulofi said that the release was on implementation of the presidential pardon, adding that Yemen's former ambassador to Mauritania Qasim Askar Jubran and Ahmed Ba-Mua'alem were among the freed ones.

Jubran and Ba-Mua'alem have been sentenced five and ten years in jail respectively for charges of prejudicing the unity of the country, he said.

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