According to a video shared by activists, a Houthi official in charge of prisoners’ affairs in Yemen has been accused of intensifying prisoners’ suffering in the country’s central prison in Sanaa.
In fact, the video shared on social media presents a man with torture marks on his back. At the same time, activists said the Houthis are raising torture tools use before two weeks to the first anniversary of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani murder
Baraa Shiban, an expert on Yemen said in a tweet: On the night of killing Solaimani [sic], the Houthis unleashed their officers to torture detainees. One of those officers was Murad Abu Hussein, who serves as the deputy head of Houthis prisoners swap committee. He tortured detainees being held at the Central Security prison. Whereas, Al Arabiya English could not independently verify the authenticity of the video originally shared on Twitter on Sunday.
Murad Abu Hussein is now the Deputy Head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs in Yemen under the Houthis.
It should be noted that the Central Security prison in Yemen’s Sanaa has been accused of torture and human rights abuses during the past many years. The prison is now holding several political prisoners, including Tawfiq al-Mansouri, one of four journalists arrested by the Houthis since 2015.
Last month, the Yemeni Abducted Mothers Association group appealed for international intervention al-Mansouri’s issue, accusing the Houthis of neglecting to provide the journalist with medical attention.