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Houthis Seize Yahya Saleh's Money

Houthis Seize Yahya Saleh's Money

Monday, 19 March, 2018 - 08:30
Sanaa - Asharq Al-Awsat
Houthi militias seized the money of Yahya Saleh, nephew of the late Yemeni president, despite his appeasing speech to the group and his continuous rhetoric against the legitimate government and Arab coalition supporting it even after his uncle was killed by militias.

Yayha revealed that Houthi militias froze his bank accounts in Sanaa and confiscated his assets, including real estates and vehicles.

Yahya was appointed by his uncle over a year ago as a member of the General Committee of the General People’s Congress. He accused Houthi leader Abdarrab Jarfan of stating his name on a list of members included in Houthis’ measures.

Jarfan was appointed by the group as head of the National Security Service.

After his uncle's death in December, subsequent arrest of his relatives, abuse of the leadership of his party, and the confiscation of their funds, Yahya Saleh took a more peaceful rhetoric and avoided mentioning his uncle's killers or condemning them. He didn’t even hint to retaliation against Houthis which came as a surprise to the supporters of Saleh and members of his party.

Yahya is residing in Beirut, where he has been running his business and investments for years, and this may has been a decisive factor in his approach to avoid angering the Lebanese "Hezbollah", a close ally of Houthis and Iran's first hand in the Arab region.

Unlike his brother Yahya, Tarek vowed to follow his uncle's will to confront Houthi militarily after he managed to reach Aden in coordination with the Arab alliance. He is preparing to gather his military forces to join his other brother, Ammar, who has previously worked in the National Security Service.

Activists loyal to the Congress party discussed the issue of Yahya saying that he doesn’t seem to understand that the Iranian group, which betrayed his uncle and killed him is "the real danger to Yemen, and that its revenge from the Yemenis will affect everyone, including its allies."

Yahya Saleh was an important security official before his uncle stepped down from power after the 2011 uprising.

In spite of that, he was Saleh's most likely relative to follow a career in civil work and political activism under the slogan of "Arab nationalism" for which he established a number of organizations and associations concerned with local affairs and Arab national issues.

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