Saudi behind murder of ex-Yemeni president?
By Press TV
November 26/27, 2019 "Information
revealed information about Saudi Arabia’s
involvement in the 1977 assassination of a
former popular Yemeni president, who was uneasy
with Riyadh’s interference in Yemen’s affairs.
al-Hamdi served as the head of state in former
North Yemen from 1974 and 1977. He was
assassinated on October 11, 1977, two days
before making an unprecedented visit as a North
Yemeni president to South Yemen.
presser on Tuesday, Brigadier Abdullah bin Amer,
a senior official at the Yemeni Defense
Ministry, said Sana’a was in possession of
important documents that include the names of
those involved in the assassination.
added that evidence confirmed the Riyadh
regime’s role in all stages of the
assassination, including planning, supervising
and covering up the crime.
website published excerpts of the report that
outlined Riyadh’s role on the back of “credible
tenure saw him trying to pivot Yemen away from
the Saudi kingdom and tap into his country’s oil
wealth. He had also opposed the latter’s
disapproval of amity between the North and
South, and its attempts to bring about a war
between the two, while encouraging South-based
tribes to retaliate against Saudi aerial
had also raged back then against Yemen’s
territorial assertions, which had seen it
claiming the currently southwestern Saudi
regions of Jizan, Asir, and Najran.
assassination day, Al-Hamdi was invited for
lunch to the residence of Ahmadi al-Qashmi, who
was the Army chief of staff under his command.
During his stay there, Ali Abdullah Saleh, then
a brigade commander, who later became a
president himself, and one of his bodyguards
entered the house.
were carrying a body wrapped in a blanket, which
belonged to al-Hamdi’s borther, who had earlier
died in a stabbing attack. Moments after their
entrance into the house, al-Hamdi was killed at
According to the news website, the Ministry came
across “an important document” on al-Hamdi’s
assassination in 2017, and has been amassing
more evidence and testimonies on the targeted
killing ever since.
final report points to the involvement of former
Saudi kings Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and
Fahd bin Abdulaziz, then princes, and the
latter’s brother Sultan, the outlet said, citing
report notes that Sultan was in direct contact
with the Saudi military attaché in North Yemen’s
capital Sana’a, Saleh al-Hadyan at the time of
the targeted killing. Riyadh dispatched three
Saudi intelligence operatives to Sana’a hours
before the assassination, the reports said,
referring to Hadyan and the threesome as the
Saudi figures most directly tied to the
operation at the behest of their higher-ups.
Muslim, an advisor to the Saudi court, who would
act directly under Sultan, has also been
referred to as another figure involved in the
report also says a document unearthed during the
investigation on the Saudi involvement bears the
phrase “written by Saudi in cooperation with the
United States’ intelligence,” without explaining
revelation comes at a time when the kingdom is
busy undertaking its bloodiest and most
destructive campaign against the Arab Peninsula
2015, Riyadh and many of its allies have been
taking Yemen under unremitting and
indiscriminate bombings to restore power to Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
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