Yemen judges resume work after 5-week strike

In March, judges declared an open-ended strike one day after Judge Mohamed al-Sarwi, head of the Criminal Court in the northwestern Hajjah province, was kidnapped by unidentified militants.

Yemen judges resume work after 5-week strike

World Bulletin / News Desk

Yemen's judges have partially resumed work following a five-week strike to protest the kidnappings of their colleagues and what they describe as "violations."

"Judges started working Wednesday across the country to look into the cases of urgent matters and the ones that involve prisoners," Radwan al-Omessi, spokesman for the Judges' Club, told Anadolu Agency.

At a meeting earlier this week, judges decided to allocate Wednesdays and Thursdays for looking into urgent cases and cases involving prisoners. They will, however, continue suspending "non-urgent" cases until their demands are met.

In March, judges declared an open-ended strike one day after Judge Mohamed al-Sarwi, head of the Criminal Court in the northwestern Hajjah province, was kidnapped by unidentified militants.

The abduction came after al-Sarwi had slapped 13 Yemeni revolutionaries with jail sentences ranging from five to ten years each for killing policemen in April 2011. He was released in early April following tribal mediation.

Yemeni judges have demanded more protection for judges and courthouses, complaining of repeated attacks and threats as a result of their judicial verdicts.

Yemen has struggled to maintain law and order since the ouster of autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.

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