CONCERN OVER BAHAI' FOLLOWERS TRIAL BY YEMEN REBELS
October 2, 2018:
Concerns are growing over the fate of more than 20 followers of the minority Baha'i faith in Yemen put on trial by the rebel Houthi movement. (Sources: BBC, 01/10/2018)
The Baha'i community says they are accused of espionage and apostasy, describing the charges as "baseless".
Right activists say the Baha'is have faced increasing threats in Yemen in areas run by the Houthis, whose leader says their religion is "satanic".
The Baha'i faith accepts all religions as having true and valid origins.
The Baha'i followers are being tried by a judge in Sanaa who sentenced a Baha'i man to death last January, the Baha'i International Community says.
It says they were "falsely and maliciously accused under absurd pretexts".
It adds that the judge sentenced three other individuals to death before hearing the Baha'is' case.
The Baha'i Community in the UK initially stated that the three people sentenced to death were Baha'i followers.
The Houthi movement has so far made no public comments on the issue.
But on September 29, the rebel-run Saba news agency reported that a court in Sanaa had sentenced three men to death for "collaborating with a foreign country".