Written By: Mohammed Ali Kalfood
Article Date: Aug 13, 2012 - 3:07:06 AM
This is a copy of the interior minister memo ordering to enlist hundreds of people, including wanted ones by the government, in the police force. The first two names that appeared in the memo were disguised by Yemen Observer as regulated.
The Yemeni Government covertly recruited of hundreds of people, including wanted people and non-Yemeni nationals, according to an official memo leaked to the Yemen Observer.
Yemen interior minister, Abdulkader Qahtan, ordered recruiting around 300 of people to be enlisted in the police force, according to the memo Qahtan issued.
“…enclosed is a list of (299) people to be enlisted in the Police School… “” read the memo which Qahtan signed on June 22, 2012.
“The list [of to-be-recruited people] is to be sent to the Police School for the training period so that they can be deployed in Security headquarters [across Yemen] as needed,” said the memo, which was leaked by an officer on anonymity condition for fear of reprisal.
The officer said that most of the people to be recruited are foreigners and wanted by the Yemeni government. “Names of militants and foreigners who have fought government troops across Yemen appeared in the list,” said the officer.
The list, which Yemen Observer has a copy of but will not release as regulated, has non-Yemeni names of mostly Saudi nationals.
He said that another 300 of “the same type” were recruited but has no documents to proof.
Military experts said that the covert recruitment is in violation to the recruitment law. “Recruitment process should be announced to the public so that equal opportunity is guaranteed,” said Colonel Faker al-Emad of al-Ahd Studies Center in Sana’a. “Then terms of joining up the service is to be set,” said al-Emad.
The officer said that the regular period one has to spend in police training at the Police School is six months but the newly recruited people would spend only two months and a half, with a rank below Lieutenant.
Yemen has witnessed a similar recruitment during the political turmoil. Some 20 thousands of people including extremists were recruited by the government, as stated by Abdullah al-Kabodi, head of the Financial Department at the Defense Ministry.
Al-Kabodi in a previous interview with the Yemen Observer, said that most of the 20,000 newly-recruited were from al-Eman University whose rector is the controversial cleric, sheikh Abdul-Majid al-Zindani. In 2004, the United States Treasury put al-Zindani on a list of “specially designated global terrorists” for suspected fund-raising for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
The government, shared equally between the Yemeni political factions, is now led by the former opposition group, known as Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) as part of the GCC deal to end the turmoil.
Yemen security was targeted by suicide bombers in last May as a newly recruited member detonated himself among a security parade in the capital, killing more than 100 and injuring 300.
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