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Yemen’s rebels release Bahai leader previously condemned to death

Sana’a Yemen’s rebels said on Thursday they had released the leader of the Bahai religious minority in the war-torn country, some seven years after he was detained.
In March this year, a Yemeni court controlled by the country’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels upheld an earlier death sentence for Hamed bin Haydara for alleged spying and apostasy.
On Thursday, Hussein al-Uzi, an official in the Houthis’ self-styled Foreign Ministry, said that Bin Haydara and five other Bahais had been released.
The move was ordered by Mahdi al-Mashat, the head of the rebels’ ruling Higher Political Council, according to the official. (DPA)

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