Al-Moayad and Zayed get heroes’ welcomes – Sahwa Net – August 13, 2009

Al-Moayad and Zayed get heroes’ welcomes
Yasser Al-Wesabi, Sahwa Net

Tens of thousands of Yemenis received on Tuesday Sheikh Mohammad Ali Hassan and Mohammad Zayed who were jailed for more than six year in the United States.

Al-Moayad and Zayed were welcomed by great reception from crowds that hindered the movement of motorcade. Masses leaded by the Islah party’s leaders , ministers , politicians and dignitaries gathered in each sides of roads, brandishing the pictures of two men and banners calling today” freedoms day.”

A local committee established to defend al-Moayad and Zayed , the National Committee for Defending Al-Moayad and Zayed, considered the huge ovation a victory for rights and freedoms.

The lawyer of Al-Moayad who companied to Sana’a, Lamis Deek, said that the U.S. government failed to get evidence against al-Moayad and Zayed , and lately resorted to take admissions that he was intending to support Hamas.

She stressed that the support of Hamas is legal throughout Yemen and Muslim world, pointing out that the evidence of the U.S prosecution were not legitimate.

The chief of the Hood Organization for Defending Humans and Rights said the support of Hamas is honored by all Muslims and the acknowledge of its support a accolade to them.

Al-Moayad and Zayed were arrested in Germany in 2003 and extradited to the United States. A US court sentenced al-Moayyad in 2005 to 75 years in prison and Zayed to 45 years over alleged financial support to al-Qaeda and Hamas.

US Court of Appeals overturned the convictions last October and ordered a retrial because of inflammatory testimony about unrelated terrorism cases in the first trial.