The father of murder victim Moshe Nahari with an official of the Yemen Ministry of Justice
As dhimmis, Jews have often not qualified for equal treatment under sharia law: that's why the small group of Jews living in the Yemeni capital, all refugees from Amran province, are insisting that the courts confirm the statutory death sentence for the killer of their kinsman Rabbi Moshe Nahari. If the Supreme Court commutes the sentence, the Jews will conclude that the state is not prepared to give Jews the same protection under law as others. Report in Middle East Online:
SANAA - A small group of Yemeni Jews demonstrated on Monday in Sanaa demanding a final ruling against a Yemeni man sentenced to death last year for killing a Jewish father-of-nine in 2008.
An appeals court in Amran, north of the capital, had in June last year sentenced Abdel Aziz Yahia al-Abdi, 39, to death by firing squad for the murder of Masha Yaish Nahari, a member of Yemen's tiny Jewish community, in the town of Raydah, but the sentence must be confirmed by the supreme court.
Around 20 demonstrators gathered outside the supreme court and the ministry of justice demanding the speeding up of the court process, a media correspondent reported.
Justice minister Ghazi al-Aghbari told representatives of the demonstrators that the process was taking time due to the high number of cases being revised by the supreme court.
The appeals court had turned over a lower court verdict that ordered Abdi to only pay 27,500 dollars in blood money in lieu of execution after medical reports found he was "mentally abnormal."
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