248 arrested, Yemen's government accuses Iranian clerics
Written By: Abdul-Aziz Oudah
Article Date: May 28, 2009
Yemeni Government spokesman Hassan al-Lawzi said that security authorities have arrested 248 persons for subversive actions and attacks against public and private property during recent chaos in southern areas, adding that they have been submitted to prosecution to be tried in court.
Al-Lawzi said that the Yemeni government has information related to groups and clerics in Iran that are hostile to Yemen, accusing these groups of supporting the division of Yemen.
Al-Lawzi added that these clerics are encouraging actions similar to that of Zionist intelligence’s schemes that aim to establish miniature sectarian, factional states. The spokesperson said that the government has no objection to media coverage of any developments and events in Yemen, on the condition that they abide by professional ethics.
The Minister said that the Ministry of Information did not issue any decisions to ban newspapers, but some papers were stopped for reasons of their own. He said that the ministry issued administrative decisions to stop a few newspapers, causing them to miss distribution of only one or two editions, adding that other newspapers stopped for reasons linked to publication press establishment issues. The ministry addressed these establishments to bear responsibility pursuant to press law stipulations.