Yemeni Jews protest execution delay


(JTA) — Yemeni Jews demanded an end to the delay in the execution of a Yemeni man sentenced to death for killing a Jewish man.

About 20 Yemeni Jews protested Monday outside the Justice Ministry in the capital city, Sanaa.

An appeals court in June 2009 sentenced Abdel Aziz Yahia al-Abdi, 39, to death by firing squad for the murder of Masha Yaish Nahari, a father of nine from Raydah. Abdi killed Nahari in December 2008 after saying that Yemen Jews should convert or be killed.

The sentence must be confirmed by the Yemen Supreme Court. The appeals court had overturned a lower court ruling that had ordered Abdi to pay blood money to the family; the Abdi family is appealing. 

About 400 Jews remain in Yemen.

Nahari’s children moved to Israel after the murder. His parents, wife and siblings remain in Yemen.

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