Fatima Hussein Badi, Yemen -Write for Rights 2011

November 15, 2011

Fatima Hussein Badi, Yemen -Write for Rights 2011

Fatima Hussein Badi is facing a death sentence, imposed after unfair trial proceedings exacerbated by blatant interference by the executive and legislative powers of the state. Her brother, Abdullah Badi, who was sentenced to death with her, was executed in May 2005.
Fatima Hussein Badi's case goes back to 13 July 2000 when she was arrested along with her brother and charged with the murder of her husband Hamoud Ali al-Jalal. Police investigation of the charges against her were marred by gross irregularities from the outset. She was reportedly questioned by the police for more than five hours during the night and without a lawyer. She was reported to have been told to confess. When she refused, her brother Abdullah, was brought to her with his face covered in blood. She was allegedly threatened with rape in the presence of her brother, who apparently confessed to the murder in order to save her.
In September 2003, the Supreme Court found Fatima guilty of helping to hide her husband's body, but not guilty of murder. It ruled in favour of reducing her sentence to four years' imprisonment.
However, following an intervention by President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the former head of parliament, Sheikh Abdullah al-Ahmar, the case was reviewed and the decision to reduce Fatima's sentence was overturned. She remains at imminent risk of execution.

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