Yemen opposition leader held for sabotage accusation

Yemen had deployed 30,000 troops to maintain calm during the tournament in the south.

Yemen opposition leader held for sabotage accusation

Yemeni authorities have detained for questioning an opposition leader suspected of offering $50,000 to disrupt a regional soccer tournament, an Interior Ministry official said on Sunday.

Yemen Socialist Party leader Mohammed Ghaleb Ahmed is suspected of offering the sum to "separatist militants" in southern Yemen for "acts of sabotage" against the Gulf Cup, held in late November and early December, the official told Reuters.

Yemen had deployed 30,000 troops to maintain calm during the tournament in the south.

The 20th Gulf Cup hosted teams from Yemen, the Gulf Arab states and Iraq.

The party condemned Ahmed's detention and accused authorities of targeting him after he publicly criticised Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh.


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