Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi was sentenced to death for “high treason” by a rebel court that controls the capital Sanaa, their news agency reported.
Mr. Hadi was found guilty of “usurping the title of President after the end of his term”, of “inciting the aggression carried out by Saudi Arabia” and of ” Independence and territorial integrity of the Yemeni Republic, “Saba said.
Six other Yemeni officials in the Hadi government were sentenced to the same sentence, according to Saba.
The announcement of these condemnations coincides with the second anniversary Sunday of the intervention in Yemen of an Arab military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in support of President Hadi.
Shiite rebels Houthis and their allies, supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, organized a major demonstration on Sunday in Sana’a under the slogan “resistance to aggression (Saudi) will continue.”
Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the rally, according to AFP reporters on the spot.
In a speech on Saturday, Saleh said that “free Yemenis will continue to choose the option of resistance as long as the coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, will continue to attack their country and favor the choice of war” .
The latest conflict in Yemen started after the insurgency against Saleh in 2011 in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
The Houthis, originally from the large Zaidi minority (about one third of the population) concentrated in the north, launched an offensive in 2014 that allowed them to seize the capital Sana’a.
On 26 March 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an air strike campaign against the rebels.This intervention allowed the pro-Hadi forces to resume five southern provinces, but the north and Sanaa remain under the control of the Houthis and their allies.
In two years, more than 7,700 people, mostly civilians, were killed and 40,000 injured in the conflict, according to the UN.