Document - Yemen: Execution of Yemeni man feared imminent: Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri

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UA: 35/13 Index: MDE 31/003/2013 Yemen Date: 11 February 2013URGENT ACTION EXECUTION OF YEMENI MAN FEARED IMMINENT A Yemeni man, Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri, could be executed on 13 February, according to sources in the country. He has exhausted all his appeals, and although previously granted presidential pardons, has been retried and sentenced to death. Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri could be executed as early as 13 February. He is in solitary confinement in a prison in al-Baydha, southeast of the capital, Sana’a. He was first sentenced to death for murder in 2003, by the Court of First Instance in al-Baydha. In April 2004, an appeal court confirmed the sentence and ordered his execution. The Supreme Court upheld the appeal court’s decision in December 2004.

Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri was granted a pardon by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in January 2006. Soon afterwards other blood relatives of the victims separately lodged a complaint against Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri, which resulted in him being prosecuted and sentenced to death again by the Court of First Instance in al-Baydha in September 2006. The Court of Appeal upheld his sentence in 2008, as did the Supreme Court in 2010. The former president pardoned him again in 2010, but he is said to have succumbed to pressure, and later withdrew the pardon and ordered the execution.

Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language: ν Calling on the President to halt the execution of Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri; ν Calling on the Yemeni authorities to commute the death sentence of Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri, as well as those of all other prisoners under sentence of death; ν Urging the President to stop ratifying death sentences and establish a moratorium on executions, with a view to completely abolishing the death penalty.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 25 MARCH 2013 TO: President His Excellency Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi Office of the President Sana’a, Republic of Yemen Fax: +967 1 274147 (please keep trying) Salutation: Your Excellency

Attorney General His Excellency Ali Ahmed Nasser al-Awash Attorney General’s Office Sana’a, Republic of Yemen Fax: +967 1 374 412 (please keep trying) Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to: Minister of Human Rights Her Excellency Dr Houriah Ahmed Mashhour Ministry of Human Rights Sana’a, Republic of Yemen Fax: +967 1 444 833 (please keep trying) Email: mshr@y.net.ye

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

UA: XXXXXXXXXXXXX Index: XXXXXXXX <Country> Date: 14 January 2011

URGENT ACTION EXECUTION OF YEMENI MAN FEARED IMMINENT

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Amnesty International has longstanding concerns about the use of the death penalty in Yemen, particularly as death sentences are often passed after proceedings which fall short of fair trial standards. In 2012, dozens were executed. In 2011, at least 41 people were executed and in 2010, at least 62. Hundreds of people are believed to be under sentence of death.

Amnesty International acknowledges the right and responsibility of governments to bring to justice those suspected of recognizable criminal offences, but is unconditionally opposed to the death penalty in all cases as the ultimate cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment, and a violation of the right of life.

Name: Ahmed Saleh Abdullah al-Ma’ouri Gender m/f: m

UA: 35/13 Index: MDE 31/003/2013 Issue Date: 11 February 2013

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