Court verdict requires government fund injured revolutionaries’ care

Published on 14 November 2012 in News
Ahmed Dawood (author)

Ahmed Dawood

In 2011‭, ‬makeshift hospitals were set up in Sanaصaصs Change Square to treat the injured‭.‬

In 2011‭, ‬makeshift hospitals were set up in Sanaصaصs Change Square to treat the injured‭.‬

SANA’A, Nov. 14 — The Administrative Court of First Instance in Sana’a issued a verdict Wednesday morning obligating the government to send protestors injured during the 2011 uprising abroad for treatment—funded by the state—based on patient medical files.

The court, headed by Judge Raghda Abdulrahman, said the government is required to implement President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s decree number 8 of 2011, which stipulates that the government must provide healthcare to injured people or treat them outside Yemen, based on the nature of the injury.

The court also compelled the government to pay 440,000 riyals to plaintiffs—the injured—as compensation for court fees.

Najeeb Sharaf Al-Haj, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, said the verdict is a victory and a nod to the struggle of those injured for rising against the former regime.

He said he hoped the government starts implementing the verdict because the law obliges it to fulfill its duties. Otherwise, he said, it will be a disgrace.

Al-Haj said 22 people sustained injuries that require treatment outside Yemen, adding that Ahmed Al-Ansi, the Minister of Public Health, presented a report to the government in May indicating the necessity of treatment abroad.

Al-Haj said two people already died in Sana’a because of their injuries, and other people could die if they don’t receive the necessary medical attention.  

The most prominent of those people are Doctor Mohammed Hameed Al-Qubati, currently in critical condition at Al-Kuwait Hospital, and Yusef Al-Fasheq, whose medical file indicates his deteriorating condition requires overseas care.

Ahmed Saif Hashed, a member of the parliament and a youth activist, said some injured people are at risk of chronic disabilities, and others are paralyzed.

Tens of revolutionary youth remain in the Field Hospital in Sana’a’s Change Square and in various government hospitals in Sana’a.

Medical teams from Qatar, Turkey, Egypt and France have visited injured revolutionaries and said some need urgent overseas care.

Al-Haj said he will apply for the start of the verdict’s implementation on Saturday. If refused, they will address the Central Bank to freeze its money and request that U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar intervene. There will also be protests, he said.

Hashed said the government did not attend court hearings and assigned lawyer Abdullah Al-Saiani to defend the state. Although Al-Saiani attended the first hearing, he was absent Wednesday.