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Yemen marchers denounce Saleh immunity

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Yemen marchers denounce Saleh immunity


Thousands of Yemenis have continued a march towards the capital Sanaa from the south of the country, demanding that outgoing President Saleh face trial for killing anti-government protesters.

They have denounced his immunity from prosecution in return for leaving power, under a deal brokered by Yemen’s neighbours and backed by the UN.

“We call on the world’s humanitarian organisations, and above all on the United Nations, to send the files with Saleh’s crimes to the International Criminal Court. This is if they are serious about protecting humankind,” said Nujood Al-Khadari, one of many female protesters on the march.

Saleh’s fate has been the focal point of protests during 11 months of demonstrations.

The United Nations envoy in Yemen has said moves are afoot to give Saleh important medical treatment abroad while the country prepares to elect a successor. The president was injured in an attack on his palace in June.

Saleh’s party said the protest march violated pledges in the transition agreement to end mass demonstrations, adding it would not be responsible if the initiative collapsed.

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