The Yemeni draft of the bill that grants immunity to the outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, from prosecution for slaughtering demonstrators has been amended to limit the legal protection to his aides and associates.
Right groups have seriously criticized the bill since it grants complete immunity to president Saleh, while his assistants only benefit from “political immunity.” Saleh’s aides could be held accountable for criminal or terrorist acts. The government is prepared to submit the bill to parliament in the upcoming Saturday.
Mohammed Abu Lahoum, president of the opposition Justice and Building Party, informed Al Jazeera of the contempt regarding this immunity law since it dismisses the atrocities Saleh has committed during the insurrection and his 33-year rule. (AV)