Article Date: May 7, 2012 - 2:45:22 PM
According to al-Houthis’ spokesperson, the Shia rebel group would have gathered enough intelligence on renegade General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar to have him tried for war crimes.
Al-Houthis accusedYemen's Defected General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar of war crimes
Sheikh Abdel Malek al-Houthi, the main group leader holds the general responsible for the many deaths, unlawful arrests and overall discrimination against his people in the northern Sa’ada province during the 2004-2009 war.
At the time, President Ali Abdullah Saleh asked his then trusted General to handle al-Houthis matter and bring to an end years of unrest and attempts to break away from the Republic,
For years, the Shia led armed faction has advocated a return to the rule of the Imam, which prior to the Republic was applied to northern Yemen.
Despite a unilaterally agreed truce in 2009, al-Houthis decided to regroup, halting their broad attack against the Yemeni armed forces. However, Sheikh al-Houthi always warned that he would make General Mohsen al-Ahmar pay for the ‘genocide of his people”, calling the man a butcher.
If General al-Ahmar figures on al-Houthis’ enemy number one list, the fact that the military man is also a member of al-Islah, the country’ Sunni Islamic faction has a lot to do with the hatred harbored by the group against his person, beside the many crimes he has been accused of.
It seems now that the Sheikh is materializing his threats as he allegedly is preparing to file a motion against Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar both to the local authorities and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The files are said the be including pictures, testimonies, and orders giving by Mohsen to his men clearly indicating that he was willingly targeting civilian population. Moreover, documents prove unequivocally that the General ordered his troops to use heavy artillery and missiles against heavy populated area, which according to the Geneva Convention is considered a war crime.
Al-Houthis are now determined to make the General face his crimes in a Court of Law, warning that if their demands were not met they would take matters in their own hands.
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