Sun Oct 2, 2011
The youth movement in Yemen has called for the trial of the country’s dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh in the International Criminal Court (ICC).
On Saturday, the youth movement issued a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, saying that “at least 861 people have been killed and about 25,000 others wounded since January,” AFP reported.
“We call on the UN to refer Saleh, his sons and his gang to the International Criminal Court for their crimes against peaceful protesters,” the letter read.
The Yemeni movement also called on the international community to freeze the bank accounts and assets of “Saleh, his family, and their supporters in the regime.”
On Sunday, several Yemeni anti-government protesters were injured during clashes between the supporters of Saleh and his opponents near Change Square in the capital Sana’a.
Saleh said on Friday that he will not stand down if his opponents are allowed to compete in future elections and stay in influential positions.
“If we transfer power and they are there, this will mean that we have given in to a coup,” he said.
Saleh returned to the country from Saudi Arabia on September 23, where he was receiving treatment for injuries sustained in a June 3 rocket attack on the presidential palace.
The 69-year-old has repeatedly refused to sign a power transfer deal brokered by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council, according to which he would hand over power in return for immunity from prosecution.
According to local reports, hundreds of Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the popular uprising against the US-backed Saleh regime in late January.