Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hero's homecoming for jailed sheikh

The shameful conviction of Yemeni Sheikh Mohammed al-Moayad during US post-9/11 hysteria has been overturned

Brian Whitaker, Wednesday 12 August 2009

" Tens of thousands turned out in Yemen yesterday to greet the arrival of Sheikh Mohammed al-Moayad and his assistant, Mohammed Zaid. Cabinet ministers, clerics, tribal leaders and other dignitaries were waiting for them at the airport. Crowds lined the airport road, drumming and dancing. After a brief check-up in hospital they were whisked off to the palace to shake hands with President Salih.

It was an extraordinary homecoming for two men who had just been deported from the US after seven years in jail and it brought to an end one of the more shameful episodes in America's post-9/11 hysteria........"

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