Thursday, January 21, 2010

Yemen: Female journalist jailed for insulting President, to appeal

The Yemen Times reports the case of Anisa Othman, a Yemeni columnist, last Saturday sentenced to three months imprisonment for insulting the president, has said she will appeal.

Anisa is the first woman to be sentenced to time in prison by the Press and Publications Court in Sana’a since its establishment its May 2009.

The columnist says she was not informed about the trial, during which she was charged with the crime of insulting President Ali Abdullah Saleh (photo).

The Yemeni Punishment Law proscribes two years’ prison for anyone insulting the president. The verdict, delivered in her absence, included three months in prison and a ban on her writing for a year.

Read more: Female columnist sentenced to three months’prison by Amel Al-Ariqi

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