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Yemen: 62 Troops to Be Tried on Ministry Attack

Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 06:36 AM


SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's top security committee says 62 officers and soldiers loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh's son were charged with resisting authorities and mutiny after trying to storm the Ministry of Defense.

High Security Committee spokesman Gen. Ali al-Ubaidi said on Thursday that the 62 will be referred to a military tribunal for joining a force of 200 in the attack on the ministry two days earlier, where they clashed with ministry's guards leaving five dead.

The troops belong to the elite Republican Guard forces led by Ahmed Saleh, the former president's son, who were protesting a presidential decree that put some of the force's units under presidential oversight.

The decree is part of Yemen's new president's moves to restructure the army and purge it of former regime loyalists.



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