Yemeni journalist Abdul-Elah Haidar Shaye, accused by the state of being the 'media man' for Al-Qaeda in Yemen, made his first court appearance today since his arrest on August 16.
He chose not to be represented by a lawyer and made this statement to the press following evidence from the prosecution and two judges which lasted more the an hour and a half.
The court will reconvene on November 2.
When they hid murderers of children and women in Abyan, when I revealed the locations and camps of nomads and civillians in Abyan, Shabwa and Arhab when they were going to be hit by cruise missiles, it was on that day they decided to arrest me.
You notice in the court how they have turned all of my journalistic contributions into accusations. All of my journalistic contributions and quotations to international reporters and channel agencies have been turned into accusations.
Yemen, this is a place where when the young journalist becomes successful, he is considered with suspicion.
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