SANAA, Yemen- A court, controlled by Yemen's Houthi rebels, in the capital, Sanaa, on Tuesday, sentenced a man to death, for allegedly spying for Saudi Arabia.

The defendant, a Yemeni Sunni Muslim, who is a member of the opposition Islah party (Yemen's local branch of Muslim Brotherhood), was detained in 2015, on charges of "espionage for Saudi Arabia," a Houthi official, who attended the closed-door trial, said, on condition of anonymity.

The agency did not identify the defendant, and the Houthi official also refused to give the name of the accused, for fear of reprisals.

Tuesday's ruling was the latest in a series of closed-door trials, of political opponents, held by the Houthis.

Islah party, one of the country's largest political parties, joined the Saudi-led coalition's military campaign, in 2015, in a major fight with the Houthis, whom Saudi Arabia accused of receiving support from Iran, the kingdom's main regional foe.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military coalition, that intervened in Yemen in Mar, 2015, upon a formal request from Yemeni President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after the Houthi rebels forced him and his internationally-recognised government into exile.

The Yemeni civil war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced nearly three million others.


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