The revelation that a prominent Yemeni journalist died from poisoning has caused his family and rights groups to call for a comprehensive investigation into his sudden death, according to a human rights activist.
Mohammed Al-Absi died on December 20, after publishing a number of reports on corruption in conflict-stricken Yemen.
Local media accused the rebel Houthi militia, in charge of Sanaa since September 2014, of poisoning the journalist.
Head of the Mwatana human rights organisation, Abdulrashid Al-Faqih said: “We are looking for an experienced team of investigators to aid the prosecution, but the team has to be neutral.”
He called on a team to thoroughly investigate “the circumstances of the death after the autopsy confirmed that poison is the cause.”
Absi’s family joined Mwatana and other Yemeni organisations, including the journalists’ union, to issue a statement on Sunday noting that the result of an autopsy done on samples flown to Jordan showed that poison was the cause of death.
The called for a “transparent investigation,” arguing that Al-Absi played an “exceptional role against corruption,” in Yemen.
The International Federation of Journalists stated that eight journalists were killed in Yemen in 2016, ranking it the fourth deadliest country for journalists in the world.
Source: AFP, Agencies