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Yemen cabinet approves draft law on granting President Saleh immunity from prosecution

 FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2011 file photo, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Sanaa, Ye...
 Yemeni protestors pray during the fifth day of a five-day march from Yemen's impoverished Red Sea city of Hudaydah to Sanaa demanding the prosecution...

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FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2011 file photo, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Sanaa, Ye...

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Yemeni protestors pray during the fifth day of a five-day march from Yemen's impoverished Red Sea city of Hudaydah to Sanaa demanding the prosecution...

Yemen’s cabinet has approved a draft law which grants outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution as part of a Gulf-brokered transition deal, the state-run Saba news agency reported.

The draft law, which must now be approved by Yemen’s parliament, says Saleh and anyone who worked with him in the civil service, security and military are granted immunity from prosecution for any acts committed before the law takes effect.

A new Yemeni government was sworn in last month after Saleh signed an agreement to relinquish presidential powers in return for immunity from prosecution.

Thousands of demonstrators in the Yemeni capital Sanaa protested the immunity deal in recent weeks. They demanded that Saleh and his relatives face trial for killing more than 1,000 people since the uprising.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay criticized last week the deal broke international law and urged those who committed abuses be brought to justice.

Yemen’s anti-government protests began in January 2011 amid the wave of regional uprisings. Saleh signed an agreement on Nov 23 under which he ceded power to his Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, while the opposition set up a national unity government.


Updated : 2020-11-30 16:27 GMT+08:00