Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Abdelelah Shaye is free

He must definitely lost lots of weight but his smile does definitely reflect his solidity. Yemen's most famous imprisoned journalist, Abdelelah Haider Shaye has been released earlier today after a special pardon from president Hadi. 

After nearly three years of detention on a personal request from US president Obama to ex-president Ali Saleh, Shaye was pardoned the one extra year that's part of his 5 years sentence.

Even though Shaye has endured a great injustice for all the unfair accusations he received, his early release is not just a great achievement for Yemen's journalists and activists' continuous and extensive campaigns calling to release him, but it's also a great achievement for the international pressure group focused on Shaye's case.