Trump, Saudi king awarded death penalty for killing children
Published : Thursday, 1 October, 2020 at 6:23 PM Count : 263
A court in Yemen has awarded 10 people, including US President Donald Trump, and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz death sentence for killing children in an airstrike on a bus.
Yemen’s Saba news agency reports, the Specialized First Instance Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced the defendants to death in absentia after finding them guilty of complicity in the Saudi-led airstrike on a bus carrying Yemeni school children in August 2018.
The school bus came under attack by Saudi-led warplanes in a market in the town of Dahyan in Sa’ada. At least 50 civilians, mainly school kids, were martyred and nearly 80 others were injured.
Among the convicts are Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Ale Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and US President Donald Trump.
The lists also includes Saudi Prince Turki bin Bandar bin Mohammed bin Abdurahman Ale Saud, former US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and other former American and Yemeni officials.
According to the ruling issued in the session presided over by the court Chief Judge Riyadh al-Ruzami, the convicts are obliged to pay a fine of 10 billion dollars to the families of the victims.
Saudi Arabia launched a devastating bin Salman-led campaign against its southern neighbor in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states, and with arms support from the US and a number of other Western countries.
The aim was to return to power the Riyadh-backed former regime of Hadi and defeat the Ansarullah Movement that has taken control of state matters since the resignation of the then president and his government.
The war failed to achieve its goals, but has taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.