ADEN, Yemen, Yemeni local tribal mediation succeeded in releasing a leader of the pro-secession Southern Movement, after more than 11 years of detention, in return for the release of 33 prisoners of the Houthi group.

Yasser AlHadi, head of the prisoners' file in the pro-secession Southern Movement, said, Brigadier Ahmed Omar Marqashi was released by a mediation, after spending about a decade in the central prison of Sanaa on malicious charges.

The mediation composed of senior tribal figures, succeeded in freeing Marqashi in exchange for the release of 33 Houthi prisoners, from the southern forces custody in Aden, said AlHadi.

High-ranking tribal leaders from the country's southern provinces and senior military officials, attended the prisoner swap, he said, but didn't mention details.

Brigadier Marqashi, 56, is considered as one of the leaders who established the Southern Movement, demanding the secession of southern Yemen from its north.

Marqashi was arrested in the southern port city of Aden, in Feb, 2008, and transferred to central prison of the country's capital Sanaa, during the rule of former Yemen's President, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

It's not the first prisoners' swap to take place between the warring factions in Yemen, according to efforts exerted by local tribal and social figures, but similar ones occurred during the last years.

Source: NAM News Network

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