After leaks about his liquidation within the prison. Protest in Aden to demand release of activist Zakaria Qasim

After leaks about his liquidation within the prison. Protest in Aden to demand release of activist Zakaria Qasim

Activists on Friday staged a protest in Mualla city in the interim capital of Aden to demand the release of activist Zakaria Ahmed Qasim from Aden prison.

The former detainee, Adel al-Hassani, posted this morning on his Facebook page on the social media website, which confirms that activist Zakaria Ahmed Qasim was liquidated inside a prison managed by Aden police director Shalal Ali Shaye’ and did not provide further details.

In the vigil, which was held this afternoon in Al Mualla and involved activists and relatives of the forcibly concealed Zakaria Qasim in the interim capital of Aden, the participants lifted banners denouncing his arrest and enforced disappearance about a year ago. Gunmen following Sallal Shaye’a  Aden police chief arrested activist Zakaria Ahmed Qasim from the front of his house on January 27 the last year 2018.

Al-Masdar online obtained a statement  from a prisoners who were in the prison attached to the House of Police director Shallal and recently transferred to Bir Ahmed prison that the health of activist Zakaria Ahmed Qasim deteriorated in August last year because of the harsh torture he suffered in prison and the officials of the prison left him till he died.

According to the source, a prisoner who was transferred to Bir Ahmed, "Zakariya's fatigued because of the torture and they did not treat him or examined him by a doctor, they kept him  this way until he stopped moving."

The prisoner, who was in a cell adjacent to the activist Zakaria Qasim, added, "Then they got a black bag and put him in it and this bag is used by Emiratis for corpses."

He states that when asked about him, they assert that he is alive and that he was transferred to an Emirati prison in "Assab " in Eritrea.

Qasim's arrest was part of a wave of arrests and assassinations by gunmen following the Aden police chief, the so-called security and anti-terrorism forces, armed formations supported by the UAE and working for them, against leaders and activists belonging to the Islah party, most of whom were mostly scattered at different times. Zakaria Qasim was forcibly concealed and prevented his family from visiting him or even communicating with him, according to human rights sources in Aden.


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