Yemen teacher jailed for 10 years for aiding rebels

Filed on January 18, 2010

SANAA - A Yemeni school teacher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for supplying Shiite rebels with information ranging from how to make rockets to getting images from Google Earth, said a report posted Monday on a defence ministry website.

Mohammed Abdullah al-Bahari, who taught chemistry and physics, was convicted of supplying the rebels with information on “the fabrication of missiles and on electric power,” the report on said.

Bahari also helped the rebels, who are sometimes referred to as Huthis, to use Google Earth to get pictures of the Hajjah district northeast of Sanaa, and aided them in creating websites for communication, it said.

According to the report Bahari took orders from a man named Abu Amin, who is described as “second after Abdel Malik al-Huthi,” the rebels’ leader.

Sporadic fighting between the Huthis and the Yemeni government has taken place since 2004. The latest round broke out on August 11, when the government launched “Operation Scorched Earth,” an all-out assault against the rebels.

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